The Emeritus Club of Tulane University
all members of the university-wide 50-year class are honored by being
automatically inducted as de facto
members of the Emeritus Club during the annual Emeritus Induction and Awards
Club strives to keep members of 50 year and earlier classes, and Emeritus
faculty, in touch and connected with each other and to the University, offering
a forum for educational and social activities, a contact for travel and
services, support for other Tulane programs, and rendering all possible
assistance to the University in maintaining its excellence.
Lifetime Achievement of the Emeritus Class Award for the Class of 1967
The Lifetime Achievement of the Emeritus Class Award is given in recognition of outstanding scholarship, excellence in career field and demonstration of loyalty to Tulane/Newcomb over the years. The Class of 1967 has named Walter E. Blessey, Jr. and Stanley A. Motta as winners of this year's award.
Walter E. Blessey, Jr.
Walter E. Blessey, Jr is CEO of Blessey Marine Services,
Inc., located in Harahan, Louisiana. Blessey earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering, a J.D. in Law, and attended
classes for a Masters in Business Administration from Tulane University in New
Orleans. He also attended the University
of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland and the University of Washington in pursuit
of said degrees. He began his career at
what is currently Entergy, with responsibility for fuel purchasing and
transportation. He founded what is now
Blessey Marine in 1978. He owns and
operates one of the youngest and largest multi-faceted inland tank barge and
towing vessel fleets in the United States, employing over 800 people. There are currently 70 boats in operation and
nearly 150 barges carrying cargoes which include residual fuels, asphalt,
lubricating oils, petroleum feedstocks, refined petroleum products,
petrochemicals, alcohols, and LNG. An
affiliated company, WEB Fleeting, LLC, operates a fleeting operation, located
on the San Jacinto River Basin in Channelview, Texas. This state-of-the art operation is within
minutes of virtually every dock facility in the Houston Harbor.
Blessey has served on the Board of Directors of American
Waterways Operators, and has been a member of their Executive Committee. He also served as past Chairman of AWO’s
Inland Liquid Sector. In 1999, Blessey
was inducted into the Louisiana Business Hall of Fame; and then in 2013, he was
awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of Year for the Gulf States. He has participated in numerous non-profit
activities in the New Orleans community and currently serves on the Board of
Directors of Junior Achievement. In the
past seven years or so, Blessey has raised over $1 million for Junior Achievement. He has also participated in fundraising
activities for Children’s Hospital and the Audubon Zoo raising six figures of
revenue for each. Over the last thirty
years, Blessey has served on various boards including St. Martin’s Episcopal
School. He is currently on the Board of
Overseers for the Hoover Institution.
During the 1990s, Blessey owned and operated thirteen
automobile franchises and was the largest car dealer in Louisiana and
Mississippi, employing over 1,000 people. He liquidated the dealerships in or before 2003.
Blessey is married and has two grown daughters, three
step-daughters, five grandsons and three granddaughters. He and his wife, Jane Ann, enjoy traveling
between their homes in Mandeville, Louisiana, Big Sky, Montana, Destin, Florida,
Carmel, California and Charleston, South Carolina.
Stanley A. Motta
Stanley A. Motta completed his undergraduate
studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is chairman of the board of Copa Holding
(NYSE CPA), ASSA Group, as well as Inversiones Bahia, Ltd., a diversified
holding company in Central America with investments in finance, media, retail and distribution sectors. Motta is director of Banco General,
Televisora Nacional and several other companies.
Over the past three decades he has expanded
his organization throughout Latin America, emphazing the need for corporate
social responsibility. Motta is
chairman of Sumarse, an organization for the promotion of CSR. He is trustee of ANCON, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to conserving biodiversity, is member of the Latin American Council
for Conservation in cooperation with TNC and the innovative City of Knowledge
in Panama. He is also founder and trustee of the Central
America Leadership Initiative (CALI), chairman of the Advisory Board of INCAE, member
of the Advisory Board of IESE Business
School in Barcelona, Spain.
Additionally, Motta is board member of the Trust for the Americas
associated with the Organization of American States and was honored with the
Americas Society Gold Medal 2010 and distinguished with the Wilson Award for
Corporate Citizenship 2016 for the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Motta was the chairman of the Regional
Interoceanic Authority (ARI) the panamanian government entity that received and
managed the assets that were not part of the Panama Canal Operations as a result
of the Torrijos-Carter Treaty between the United States and Panama.
A Message from
Emeritus Club President Sylvan Steinberg:
Dear Tulane Emeritus:
of all, let me introduce myself to those of you I have not yet had an
opportunity to meet.
am Sylvan Steinberg. I am a graduate of the Tulane Business School (1955) and a
graduate of the Tulane Law School (1957). I have been a member of the Emeritus
Club and its Board for a number of years.
have enjoyed serving on the Board in various positions, and I am sincerely
pleased and honored to have been asked to now serve as its President. It will
be very difficult to follow in the footsteps of last year’s President, Dan
Hurley, and all of the previous presidents as they all did a terrific job as
presidents of the Board of the Emeritus Club.
all know, Tulane University is a great and strong university. Your membership and participation in the Emeritus
Club and on its Board and committees only adds to its strength. Tulane has not
only great leadership, faculty and facilities, but so many programs, activities
and outstanding functions. You will hear more about these programs and
activities as the academic year progresses, and we certainly hope you will
continue to participate in them. Should
you have any ideas for programs or activities, or any issues we should
consider, please don’t hesitate to let me or Director of Lifelong Learning Ashley Perkins know about them.
can be reached at (504) 299-3323 (office), (504) 895-0128 (home), or firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail) and Ashley can be
reached at (504) 314-2972, or email@example.com.
look forward to serving as your President and to working with you.
as always -----
(l to r) Emeritus Club Past President Dan Hurley and current President Sylvan Steinberg at Bea Field Alumni House.
AWARD CRITERIA : Lifetime Achievement of the Emeritus Class
*Nominations are no long being accepted