Erik earned his Bachelors in International Business from Old Dominion University in August of 2013. CMA CGM is his first professional work environment. “I started as an Export Booking Representative in January of 2014. My role was creating and managing shipments in conjunction with various internal departments. In this role, I started on the phones, moved my way to the email team, and eventually handled all general re-exports as a specialty. After a year and half I was promoted to the Team Lead of the Export Bookings Department.”
Grant is from Virginia where he grew up and he is very familiar with the Port of Norfolk. “I’ve always seen the cargo ships entering the Chesapeake Bay and the containers being driven around town, but I had no I idea what it actually took to move those containers around the world,” he explains. “I was actually recommended CMA CGM and told it was a great company to work for. The job is still new to me as I’ve only been with the company for two months now. I work for a specialized group in our exports division called Stars. This group focuses on making export booking and facilitating any needs of our customers.”
Being based in the U.S., where the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN holds the record of the largest vessel ever to call at a U.S. port, we asked how they feel about this achievement.
Erik explains, “I am not directly involved with the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin event, however our team has played its part by creating bookings on this voyage. Our team was aware of the significance of this vessel, and made sure to follow all of the special detention rules to ensure operations went as smoothly as possible. I feel very proud to know that I work for the company that holds the current record for largest vessel to call a North American port. Knowing CMA CGM America is becoming a bigger contender is a good way to cap off all of the hard work we put into 2015.”
Grant says, “Working in the exports department, I hear and see the name CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN quite often. The ship is a symbol of progression and expansion in the shipping industry and for this company as well. Three flags fly outside our building; CMA CGM’s, The United States of America, and France. It’s cool to walk in to work seeing these colours all fly together knowing there’s a unity between the countries and the company. In the short time I’ve been with the company, it’s apparent how much CMA provides for their staff members across the board. Overall I really do enjoy working for CMA CGM and can’t wait to see what’s next.”