Stan Crockett, Manager of the Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal, Virginia, is the recipient of Laurel Ridge Community College’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. He will receive the award on Thursday, April 16, at the President’s Appreciation Luncheon.
Crockett graduated summa cum laude from Laurel Ridge with an A.A.S. in Management in 2000. He then earned a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, Management and Development and a M.S. in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University. He has been employed by Virginia International Terminals, LLC for 38 years, including the past 19 years as the Manager of the Virginia Inland Port.
According to Jim Guiliano, retired Laurel Ridge professor of business management and administration: “As Stan’s faculty advisor and teacher, I always admired him for his commitment and efforts to advance his education and professional abilities. The fact that he has given the same commitment and effort to advancing the wellbeing of our community makes me appreciate him personally and proud to consider him a friend.”
The Virginia Inland Port (VIP) opened in 1989. When Crockett became Virginia Inland Port Manager seven years later, the facility was operating on gravel and out of temporary trailers. Under Crockett’s leadership, VIP has realized exponential growth from 6,750 containers in 1996 to a volume of 37,000 containers this past year. VIP is now a modern Port Intermodal Facility with 65 paved acres, an administration building and conference center, and a high tech, live-on-line information systems for operations, maintenance, equipment control, inventory and customer interface.
Among his many accomplishments and service to the community, Crockett was instrumental in organizing, from inception to realization, the Virginia Region V Workforce Investment Board of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). He helped recruit the first board members and chaired the board for four years. Working with the Laurel Ridge staff, he helped negotiate the first WIA Workforce Training Center at Laurel Ridge.
Crockett has served on numerous boards and commissions including the board of advisors for Shenandoah University’s business school, the Frederick County Planning Commission, and the Economic Development Authority for Frederick County. During his year as board chair of the Top of Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Crockett helped organize and participated in a trade mission to China in 2005.
Crockett has been a resident of Frederick County since 1996. He is a member of the Frederick County Rotary Club and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He and his wife Marty are proud parents of three children and grandparents of four.
Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.