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Houston International Seafarers' Center
News Release
Thursday, February 01, 2018

Houston International Seafarers’ Center to honor
The Maxcey Family with the Bronze Anchor Award
Bronze Anchor Award to be bestowed at the Spring Maritime Gala in May

Houston - The Houston International Seafarers’ Centers for the past fifty years have been a “home away from home” for more than a million seafarers visiting the Port of Houston. They have been able to serve seafarers thanks to the involvement and the generous contributions of supporters like the Maxcey family.

The Board of Directors of the Houston International Seafarers’ Center (HISC) is proud to announce that the Maxcey Family has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 "Bronze Anchor Award." The “Bronze Anchor Award” recognizes an individual, company, or organization that has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to promoting the HISC mission and vision, and served as a leader and advocate for the welfare of seafarers.

The Maxcey’s will be officially honored as a “Bronze Anchor Award” recipient at the HISC Maritime Gala to be held May 5, 2018. 

The Maxcey’s have a proud family history of involvement with the Port of Houston community and support of the Houston International Seafarers’ Center. Mrs. Julie Maxcey has been a cornerstone of the Seafarer’s Center Gala committee for many years. Her selfless contribution of time and talent, and her eye for glitz and glamour have made past Maritime Galas a must attend event. Low key and working behind the scenes, Jim Maxcey, the third generation owner of Danner’s Inc., has been a strong supporter of the Center since he and his father J.W. Maxcey entered their first Cookoff team in the Annual Seafarers Center Chili Cook off. The events would be a family affair, which included bringing along Jim’s three young sons to enjoy the fun and fellowship.

Brad’s contributions to the Center date back to 2004. As a two time Gala Committee Chair and HISC Board member, Brad’s involvement and support are unsurpassed. “It’s just so exciting for me and my whole family to see my parents, Julie and Jim Maxcey, honored by the Seafarers Center. Growing up, they were always an example for me on just how important it is to give back to the community and help those in need. Though I’m sure that they both will say that they were doing just what any good person would do, they never turned down a request for help, financial or otherwise by the Center,” Brad said, “No doubt, their encouragement and guidance made it possible for me to do as much as I have supporting the Center.”

Most recently, the Maxcey’s lent their support during the successful relocation of the Seafarers’ Center to a newer, more efficient facility. While the new facility boasts a new more modern vibe and free high speed internet that allow seafarers to reconnect with loved ones back home, it retains the same welcoming and ecumenical environment that served it well for fifty years. With the relocation complete and the Center operating at full capacity, the Maxcey’s have continued their steadfast support to visiting seafarers.

The HISC Maritime Gala is the primary fundraiser for the Houston International Seafarers Center, and has been generously supported in past years by individuals and companies that believe in the Center’s outreach mission to seafarers visiting the Port of Houston from all corners of the world.  

The gala’s theme, "Cinco de Mayo," marks the beginning of a new era for the Seafarers’ Center which has been strengthened by its many dedicated and committed partners.

Pictured l-r: Jim and Julie Maxcey with son, Brad

About the Maxcey Family and Danners Inc.

Danner’s Inc. is a fourth generation family owned business founded in 1938 by the eponymous D.D. Danner. Originally founded as a private security company, Danner’s Inc. established a niche as a maritime security company and later a transportation logistics company supporting the needs of ships calling at the ever growing Port of Houston. As the company enters its eighth decade of operation, its unwavering commitment to exceeding customer expectations and supporting local maritime related charities is as strong as ever.

Natives of Texas, Jim and Julie Maxcey both grew up in the East End, where they both attended Milby High School. They were married in January 1967, and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Jim graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968 with a degree in business finance and joined the family shortly thereafter with brother Mac. Jim has been President of Danners Inc. since 1993 and has overseen the company’s expansion across the Gulf Coast to include offices in Corpus Christi, Port Arthur, and Freeport. After Jim and Julie married, Julie worked as a Dental Office Manager while she raised their 3 boys, Doug, Brad and Wade, which was sometimes a 1 person job due to the time required at Danners. A UT Longhorn as well, Brad married his long time sweetheart Stephanie Maxcey in 2003 and has 3 children. Joining the Danners Inc team in 2002, Brad has worked his way up through the company and is currently the Vice President of Business Development.

About The Houston International Seafarers’ Center

The Houston International Seafarers’ Center ( is a “home away from home” for seafarers visiting the Port of Houston. Chartered in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s as a non-profit organization, the center has served millions of visiting seafarers. The center exists as the result of a deep desire and concern within the local maritime industry, followed by active support and involvement of the community and local churches, to provide a safe and welcoming recreational and spiritual environment on land for those who have chosen the mariner profession.

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