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CANDIES NAMED SOUTHEASTERN ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR
HAMMOND – Paul Candies, who heads
a Louisiana-based marine transportation and offshore services company,
has been named Southeastern Louisiana University’s Alumnus of the Year.
President and Chief Operating
Officer of Otto Candies, LLC of Des Allemands, Candies is a 1962 graduate
of Southeastern with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He
will be formally recognized at Southeastern’s Alumni Awards Banquet on
Friday, Oct. 17. The following day, he has been invited to reign as Grand
Marshall of the university’s Homecoming Parade, which rolls in Hammond
at 1:30 p.m.
Earlier this year Candies endowed
the Paul Candies Family Endowed Professorship in Business in Southeastern’s
College of Business and Technology. The Candies family has also funded
the Otto Candies Endowed Chair in Information Systems at Nicholls State
As head of Otto Candies – a firm
started in 1942 by his father, the late Otto Candies – he oversees a fleet
of more than 100 vessels serving the offshore oil and gas industry worldwide.
The company, with offices in Mexico and Argentina, is known as the first
to transport an oil production platform from Houston to the United Kingdom
drilling area in the North Sea and for its emergency response to the Exxon
Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
He joined the company shortly
after graduating from Southeastern in 1962, holding a number of positions
before being named president in 1991. His two brothers and a number of
their children also work in the family business.
Candies served on the board of
directors of ArgentBank for 30 years. ArgentBank merged with Hiberna National
Bank in 1998 and Candies then served on Hibernia’s Thibodaux city board
of directors. In 2002, Candies was elected to Hibernia’s board of directors.
A drag racing enthusiast for
many years, Candies’ team became the first two-car team to race each other
in the final round at the National Hot Rod Association’s U.S. Nationals
in 1976. For their accomplishments over 25 years, the team – composed of
Paul Candies and Leonard Hughes – in 1999 was inducted into the International
Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
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