2021 Member of the Year

Michelle CroweCEO and Founder, e-worc The Governors of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Mobile, Alabama have selected Michelle Crowe, CEO and Founder of E-worc, the 2021 Propeller Club of Mobile, Alabama Member of the Year.  Michelle joined the Club in 2020 and quickly hit the ground running. With a background in marketing and website design, she quickly recognized that the club’s website was antiquated and not functioning at the capacity we needed. Recognizing Michelle’s natural leadership abilities the Board of Governors invited Michelle, and she readily accepted, to a position on the Board as Marketing Chairperson. Working closely with our Webmaster, Richard Tremayne, and Communications Director, Kelly Rushing; Michelle was able to identify problematic functions on our website and found solutions that saved thousands of dollars in fees. She has donated the time of her company and employees to see that the Propeller Club’s web presence and social media presence improve vastly. She has helped create a presence for our club on Linked In and other social media websites.  Not one to sit idle, enjoying the aforementioned success, Michelle created and launched the Waterfront Meetup Social Hour. This was a wholly new idea as the Propeller Club’s only other monthly event were luncheons and she was looking for other ways to bring in younger members. She recognized that some of our membership would also enjoy spending time together after work, socializing and networking. Michelle identified a sponsor for this event and it greatly offset the cost to the members and cost nothing for the club.  Her desire to see the Propeller Club increase membership and become a more inviting group has led to many new, diverse members. Michelle’s energy is contagious and the Board of Governors, in addition to all membership, is blessed to have Michelle’s participation and vision.  It is with great pride and pleasure that we award our Propeller Club Member of the Year for 2021 to Michelle Crowe, CEO and Founder of E-worc.

2021 Maritime Person of the Year

Captain LaDonn Allen, USCG, Sector CommanderCoast Guard Sector Mobile The Governors of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Mobile, Alabama have selected Captain LaDonn Allen, U. S. Coast Guard, Sector Commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile as the 2021 Maritime Person of the year  Captain Allen is the Coast Guard Operational Commander for Sector Mobile, which encompasses parts of four states.  This includes 435 miles of coastline, 1,900 miles of inland waterways and five Deepwater ports.  She commanded a force of 680 active duty, 185 reservists, 32 civilians and 390 Auxiliarists, five patrol boats, five Aid to Navigation teams and two inland construction tenders.  Under her superb command, Sector Mobile and its sub units responded to: 3,266 response cases encompassing 886 national response center reports, 774 marine and environmental pollution cases, 112 security incident investigations, 1,306 search and rescue cases with 2,321 lives saved or assisted and $32,057,005 in saved or assisted property, and 553 marine safety casualty investigations Captain Allen has served as the Sector Commandeer since 2019.  In September 2020, we had hurricane Sally and then in October 2020, we had Hurricane Zeta.  Under her watch, Sector Mobile Waterways and Aids to Navigation teams were able to quickly get the aids in place and the channels opened.  She personally coordinated with port officials, pilots’ organizations, Army Corps of Engineers, port officials and many other stakeholders to reassure all that the Sector Mobile US Coast Guard was leading the recovery and reopening.  In her three years in Mobile, she has responded to 8 hurricanes and coordinated the response to over 1200 pollution cases associated with all the hurricanes.  Captain Allen has led the US Coast Guard in the response to the worldwide pandemic, Covid-19.  This included establishing policies and procedures to handle vessel arrivals with positive cases.  One of the results of the pandemic was tremendous increase in recreational boating traffic and commensurately, search and rescue cases.  Sector Mobile responded to 421 SAR cases in 2020 and increased to 592 in 2021.  .   In preparation for Brookley field becoming the passenger terminal for the Mobile area in 2024, Captain Allen and Sector Mobile assisted in the planning and execution of a mass rescue exercise simulating a downed passenger aircraft in Mobile Bay, the first of its kind for the area.   Under Captain Allen’s leadership, Sector Mobile prepared for, and executed, the first landing of a manned space capsule in 45 years, the first nighttime water splashdown of a capsule in 53 years, and the splashdown of the longest-duration mission of a U.S spacecraft.  These operations were the first time the CG supported capsule recoveries and were the first landings in the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, as part of her role as the Area Maritime Security Coordinator, she established a first of its kind Regional Response Call process for ReCom (DHS Regional Coordinating Mechanism) partners to coordinate responses to emergent maritime threats in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Captain Allen has served as an advisor to the Board of Governors of the Propeller Club of Mobile and has been an active participant inmore