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2017 Distinguished Alumni Honorees


Please join us in congratulating the
2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner Honorees
A.J. McAllister ’80 & Phil Kantz ’65
whose valued contributions to FSMAA
and the maritime industry are noted below.


2017 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year:
A.J. McAllister, class of 1980

Captain A.J. McAllister III is a member of the class of 1980 and is a globally recognized leader in the marine transportation industry. As the Senior Vice President of Sales at McAllister Towing and Transportation, A.J. is a member of the fifth generation involved in this 150-year-old family business. He received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and Management and an Unlimited Third Mate’s License Any Oceans Any Gross Tons. He also holds a Master of Towing Vessels upon Oceans. In his career at McAllister, h
e served as Mate on seagoing tugs and barges for several years before becoming a Captain on tugs in New York Harbor, at which time he obtained a First Class Pilot’s License of Any Gross Tons for New York Harbor and all its tributaries. Thereafter, he worked as a docking master in New York Harbor and various ports from 1987 to 1998. In August of 1998 he came ashore to work in corporate headquarters. Some of A.J.’s responsibilities include solicitation, procurement and negotiation of all ship assist contracts, including marketing of services to major steamship companies both foreign and domestic. Outside of work, A.J. has been an active and avid supporter of both the alumni association and the Maritime campus. Among his many endeavors are a long record of serving as the Admiral Sponsor of the 28-year-old FSMAA Golf Classic and a key role as a supporter and fundraiser of the SUNY Maritime Hockey team.

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award:
Phil Kantz, class of 1965

We would be hard-pressed to find a Domer with more education than this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree, Phil Kantz. In a higher-education journey that started at Fort Schuyler with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and International Economics earned in 1965, Phil also completed degrees or certificates from Hofstra, Harvard, Stanford and Norwich Universities. In addition to the degrees, Phil also earned his USCG unlimited shipmasters license – not once, but twice. His stints as a Licensed Shipmaster bookended an equally impressive corporate career focused on transformation management of companies across a broad array of industries, including land redevelopment, business analytics, internet security, healthcare, global data networking, transportation, genetics, manufacturing and finance. We honor Phil this year as an alumnus who has made significant contributions to American industry while constantly seeking opportunities for lifetime learning.


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