CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Capt. Panagiotis N. Tsakos
Tsakos Group
PRESIDENT
Ian Workman
Trans-Tec Services, Inc.
VICE PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd.
SECRETARY
Jasmine Alvarado
TREASURER
Nick Sofos
Groton Pacific Carriers
MEMBERSHIP
Brian Robinson
Penfield Marine LLC
COMMUNICATION
Nora Huvane
SOCIAL
Ryan Jurewicz
VSTEP
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
EDITORIAL
Donald B. Frost
D.B. Frost Associates,Inc.
JOB MART / EVENTS
Lorraine Parsons
I.M.S., Inc.
MEMBER LIAISON
Kim Edwards
CMA
EDITOR EMERITUS
James R. Lawrence
IMS/MTI Network (USA), Inc.

The Connecticut Maritime Association is a non-profit organization which was built by its members, for its members, and as such is one of kind.

 
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President's Notes
Events

April 2015

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

From Monday's opening session to Wednesday's Gala dinner the CMA Conference knocked the proverbial ball out of the park - the most common description heard was "Unique".

The most amazing line up of world class speakers and the most senior management were in attendance, backed up by hard hitting and thought provoking presentations covering present and future issues affecting the maritime industry worldwide.

Environmental, technical, human resources, financial, energy, bunkers, new technologies, legal, salvage, education, security, markets - the list is myriad, and the views and opinions all well made, and I can't forget the presentation to Capt Joshua Bhatt of Campbell Shipping and his crew of the CS "Caprice" the truly amazing actions in saving 510 migrants.

But this conference had an edge which I, for one, have not experienced at any other conference at any other time in my career - the personal edge.

Where else have you seen scions of maritime families all sitting together, and candidly answering searching questions about their maritime inheritance and the influence of their family on their lives and careers?

To me and, I think, to possibly everybody there, this was a first, and it epitomized a central maritime tradition of inheritance usually kept very private. And when it did come to the fore it is my belief that the "family panel" put a caring face on an area of our industry usually very guarded about any intrusions into their privacy.

I would like to think that the panel members also had a positive take-away, in that, having given a fascinated audience a glimpse into hitherto uncharted areas, realized that their lives and experiences are all part of a maritime family that encompasses us all.

But to cap the whole conference and underscore both the business and family traditions of our industry there was that amazing speech, given at our Gala Dinner, by young Panagiotis Tsakos, grandson of our 2015 Commodore Capt. Panagiotis Tsakos. He received a standing ovation. What poise at only 12 years old!

A truly amazing experience and I look forward to watching the progress of this rising star in our maritime world.

This was a unique conference, a blend of old and new, business and private - which could only have been so successful under the auspices of the CMA - an Association that cuts across all the borders of our maritime world.

Ian Workman
President

Event Calendar
April

Thursday, April 30, 2015

CMA Annual General Meeting
Luncheon

Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s II

2748 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

Cash Bar: 12 Noon – Seating for Lunch 12:45 pm

Free to CMA Members in good standing

May
Monday Afternoon, May 18, 2015

CMA Spring Golf Outing

Sterling Farms Golf Course

1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902

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