The Coast Guard Foundation is proud to announce that we will honor two long-time supporters — Mr. Michael Strianese, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of L-3 Communications, and Mr. James J. Coleman, Jr., Chairman of International Matex Tank Terminals — at the upcoming 34th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard in New York City on October 9th.
The Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard in New York City is one of the Coast Guard Foundation’s oldest traditions. We honor exceptional heroism of Coast Guard personnel from around the country to shine a light on the vital role the men and women of the service play in our country’s safety and security.
James J. Coleman, Jr. has served on the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Directors since 1997. During his time on the board, Mr. Coleman has been a pillar of the Coast Guard Foundation supporting our efforts in the Gulf Coast region around New Orleans, as well as morale projects on Cape Cod, and the upper Midwest.
In addition to his long-time support of the Coast Guard Foundation, Mr. Coleman has been a champion of the National Coast Guard Museum, having served as the president of the museum association’s board for more than 10 years.
Mr. Coleman is the Chairman of International Matex Tank Terminals, a family-run company engaged in the handling, storing and transshipping of bulk liquid commodities with tank terminals and related facilities in North America. The company has major facilities on the East Coast, West Coast, Gulf Coast, Midwest, Quebec and Newfoundland. Mr. Coleman holds a juris doctorate from Tulane University.
Michael T. Strianese is chairman, president and chief executive officer of L-3 Communications, a global aerospace and national security company with 2013 sales of $12.6 billion that employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide. A supporter of the Coast Guard Foundation since 2002, L-3 Communications has donated well over $1 million to help fund our mission.
Mr. Strianese played a key role in the company’s formation in 1997 and served as L-3’s first vice president of finance and controller. Following L-3’s Initial Public Offering in 1998, he was promoted to senior vice president of finance in 2001.
Mr. Strianese was appointed chief financial officer in 2005 and in 2006 was named president and chief executive officer and was elected as a director.
Until 2007, he also served as the company’s first corporate ethics officer, where he led the development and implementation of a comprehensive, company-wide integrity program for L-3 employees. In 2008, Mr. Strianese was elected chairman of the company’s board of directors.
Mr. Strianese is chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Strianese has been recognized by the Association of the United States Army with its John W. Dixon Award and has received the Semper Fidelis Award from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, as well as the Eisenhower Distinguished Citizen Award from the Army Distaff Foundation.