Arlen Benny Cenac Jr. is a Houma, Louisiana-based entrepreneur with a global reach, an avid philanthropist in the gulf coast region of the U.S. and a strong supporter of coastal restoration.
He is a third-generation owner of Cenac Marine Services, originally founded in 1927 as Cenac Towing Company by his grandfather. Under his tenure as owner, Benny has led the company since 1981 through several industry hardships by focusing on customer service, efficiency, quality and safety in its marine transportation services. Cenac Marine Services, coupled with their modern shipyard, Main Iron Works, has transitioned into the marine construction, repair and repowering, loyal to the hallmarks of quality it has established through the years.
Cenac is guided by the values and principles established by Benny’s grandfather over 85 years ago: a commitment to employee satisfaction and employee morale. Benny takes pride in continuing this legacy and is certain that all current employees would share that the company operates as a family, and everyone from the boat captains to the security guards are treated as such. He understands that the core foundation of his company is the employees he considers family, championing his grandfather’s commitment to valuing each employee as a critical part to the success of the business.
In addition to Cenac Marine Services, Benny owns several other business entities in the gulf coast region, touching a wide-range of industries such as retail, manufacturing, wholesale and agriculture. An entrepreneur at heart, Arlen Benny Cenac Jr. enjoys seeking out new business opportunities across the region, in an effort to help cultivate a strong local economy. He understands that a strong local economy means a strong community, and that starts at home in Houma.
A lifelong resident of Louisiana, Arlen Benny Cenac Jr. continues to take a more proactive role in his community. He is very involved in projects that help to improve the community and continues to give back to his hometown of Houma. From stimulating the local economy through his many businesses to protecting Louisiana from the negative effects of coastal erosion, Arlen Benny Cenac Jr. is proud to serve those in the community he calls home, the friends he considers family, and the great state of Louisiana.