The Blue & Gray Club, athletic arm of the USMMA Foundation, established the Acta Non Verba Award to annually honor an individual who has gone above and beyond expectations in his/ her support of Kings Point Athletics. This black tie dinner is the Blue & Gray Club's way of saying thank you to outstanding individuals who have helped Kings Point Athletics grow in prominence. In its inaugural year it seems only fitting that the first recipient of the Acta Non Verba Award be the man who took on the task of revitalizing the Blue & Gray Club.
Five years ago with then new Athletic Director, Susan Petersen Lubow, Bob Lavinia began the process of resurrecting the Blue & Gray Club. Under his leadership, the Blue & Gray Club won approval for three fund-raising events: the annual letter campaign to all athletic alumni, the Golf Classics and this Black Tie Dinner. The money raised from these events has allowed Kings Point to move into the forefront of college athletics both regionally and nationally.
As Bob has made his way up the corporate ladder, he has always remembered the importance of his experiences at the Academy. Honored as a Little All-American in football while at the Academy, he has never been one to do things in a small way. Bob began his career with the Gulf Oil Corporation as a Licensed Third Mate on United States flag tankers. He quickly moved up through the company and after ten years joined Phibro Energy as Vice President of Crude Oil Trading. In 1988, Bob took over as President/CEO of their Hill Petroleum subdivision. Three years later, he became President/CEO of the Tosco Energy Company and is presently overseeing Tosco Northwest in Seattle, Washington.
Bob has quite a long commute from Greenwich, but he's never really far from home. Tonight we say thanks because Bob has given back far more than we asked, (Acta Non Verba Deeds not Words.) For over fifty years that credo, has stood for everything the United States Merchant Marine Academy represents. The Academy produces leaders who understand this motto and live by it, and none more than Robert J. Lavinia.