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David Vitter

Butler Snow’s David B. Vitter was recently mentioned in The New Orleans Advocate’s article Nell Nolan: WTC Bertel Award; Millennials; American Cancer Society about presenting the C. Alvin Bertel Award to this year’s recipient:

Like father, like son! A déjà vu chord was struck when Robert “Rusty” Barkerding Jr. strode forward to receive the 2017 C. Alvin Bertel Award at a luncheon in the Sheraton hosted by the World Trade Center of New Orleans. In 1969, his father, Robert R. “Bob” Barkerding, received the same award.

The C. Alvin Bertel Award was established in 1967 and is presented annually to a person who has made significant contributions to the Louisiana port community. Rusty Barkerding is president of Admiral Security Services, a maritime-focused security firm, and in June, was elected chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, which has Brandy Christian as the president and CEO. Rusty succeeded Michael W. Kearney, who will continue to serve as a commissioner. In 2015, Kearney received the Bertel Award.


The father of five and grandfather of 14, Barkerding is a graduate of Tulane University and has worked in the maritime industry for more than 50 years. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran and former active duty and reserve member of the New Orleans Police Department.


After an initial round of greetings in the Sheraton’s Armstrong Ballroom guests sat for lunch and the program, which was opened by WTCNO Chairman Edward T. Hayes. Michael C. Nation, the chaplain of the Gulf Region, The Seaman’s Church Institute, gave the invocation, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance delivered by New Orleans Board of Trade Chairman Michael Stark, general manager of NOVA International Shipping.


Slated for the remarks were a notable foursome. The first was WTCNO Executive Director Caitlin Cain,who, earlier, at the announcement of the award in June, praised the recipient. “Rusty has been a strong advocate for the Louisiana port community over the years and contributed greatly to the growth of the Port of New Orleans as well as ports throughout the U.S.” Subsequent remarks came from Louisiana Maritime Association Chairman Michael A. Maloz, president of General Maritime Transportation Services Inc.; the above Mike Kearney, chairman and CEO of the Kearney Companies Inc; and Robert L. Livingston, founding partner of The Livingston Group. Former titles of his were U.S. Representative, assistant U.S. Attorney and Louisiana Attorney General.


Former U.S. Sen. David Vitter, now of counsel with Butler Snow LLP, made the award presentation to Barkerding. Last summer, Vitter was limelighted as the Bertel Award recipient. The final words of acknowledgment and appreciation came from Barkerding, who received a hearty ovation. In the words of Caitlin Cain, “He couldn’t be more deserving of this award, and it’s an honor to recognize him among our industry peers.”

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