CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Paddy Rodgers
CEO, Euronav NV
PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
VICE PRESIDENT
Chris Aversano
Braemar ACM
SECRETARY
Jasmine Alvarado
TREASURER
Nick Sofos
Groton Pacific Carriers
MEMBERSHIP
Greg Kurantowicz
Axeon Specialty Products LLC
COMMUNICATION
Jonathan Koren
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
SOCIAL
Ryan Jurewicz
Inchcape Shipping Services
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
Moira Whalen
Marine Money
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.

Unlike many similar organizations which are supported largely by corporate membership, the CMA's voting membership is comprised only of individuals. From bunker brokers and tug-boat operators to lawyers and underwriters, to ship owners, brokers and managers, shippers and merchants of all kinds of cargo, each CMA member has an equal and separate vote.

The CMA was created as a self-help group of shipping people, and remains a conduit for the exchange of information and a source of camaraderie and fellowship that is unique and vital to the shipping community. In 2014, the CMA celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. It prospers with over 1,500 members representing nearly 500 companies and organizations.

President's Notes
Events

May 2016

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

Our Annual General Meeting (April 28th) was well attended (74) and the election went well despite the fact that my promotion from Vice-President to President was made with me in absentia. In true CMA fashion, being an organization built for its members by its members, business called me away, and I was in Houston, with some of my d'Amico colleagues from Stamford, Italy and Singapore, when the official word came that I had been voted in. I am humbled to now be walking in the footsteps of my predecessors (in order): Jose Elverdin, Dan Klyver, Larry Pfister, Don Frost, Bill Crawford, Brad Berman, Don II, Peter Drakos, Beth Wilson Jordan, and Ian Workman. Each one of them, working closely with their respective Boards, brought something new and innovative to our organization, and to grow the CMA in both size and stature.

Speaking for the current Board, we are all sorry to see Ian Workman, Nora Huvane and Brian Robinson leave the Board. All three were a pleasure to work with, and they will of course be missed. At the same time, we have the pleasure of welcoming in three new Board members: Chris Aversano as Vice President, Jonathan Koren as Communications Chair, and Greg Kurantowicz as Membership Chair.

None of the CMA's achievements can be attributed to any one specific individual, but to the whole Board. We are moving forward with an excellent group of people, with a variety of strengths and experiences, and with whom I am excited to work with.

Equally important is our close partnership with the great people at IMS, led by Jim Lawrence and Lorraine Parsons. Those who know Lorraine well know that she could walk into a room filled with unruly stray cats, and have them all marching in formation within minutes - clearly a skill of great importance for any event involving shipping folk. Lorraine makes running lunches and conferences look easy - no small feat.

Our job going forward, in the words of our Mission Statement, is "To provide and open forum for individuals to exchange ideas and information supporting the development and growth of the international maritime and trade industries." We do this in a number of ways.

We need to keep the CMA relevant to its membership, by bringing in the events and speakers that help our membership grow as professional individuals.

We need to continue to promote networking amongst our membership. Please remember that we have arguably the broadest depth of shipping knowledge within our membership rolls. We have Owners, Brokers, Charterers, Operators, Naval Architects, Bankers, Technical Managers - the list goes on and on. Please reach out to your fellow CMA members - they are our friends and colleagues.

We will continue to support the CMA Education Foundation, in its mission to support the future leaders of our great industry.

Our new Social Media Chair will no doubt move our organization in new directions going forward. I know that some of our members downloaded the CMA 2016 app for our most recent conference, and we hope that you found it added value to your experience. With maps, messaging, schedules and lists of attendees and displays, we felt you would share our excitement with its rollout.

We will continue to provide opportunities for our members to get together. In fact, for the first time this year, we will be organizing a Kick Ball League over at Trinity Catholic. With our softball field currently undergoing renovations (it is literally a hole in the ground at the moment), Ryan was able to come up with a great alternative, and we hope to see a lot of our members out on the field this summer, and softball will return in 2017.

The CMA Spring Golf Outing is on Monday, May 16th. It sold out very quickly this year, and I look forward to seeing many of you over there.

Last, but not least, our next monthly luncheon is on Thursday, May 26th. We will have Matthew Thomas from Blank Rome come to speak about trading issues with Iran, Cuba and Russia, along with money laundering and related compliance issues. Matt will be joined by Gregory Linsin, also a Partner at Blank Rome, who will brief us on vessel pollution enforcement by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Dept of Justice. We know that these are issues being talked about in many shipping offices within our community, and we are pleased to be able to bring you speakers with such expertise. We invite you all to take advantage of this opportunity!

On behalf of the Board, we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming luncheons, on the golf course, and on the kick ball field this summer! Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Joe Gross
CMA President

Event Calendar
May

Thursday, May 26, 2016

CMA Monthly Speaker Luncheon

Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s II

2748 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

Presentation

The Best Kind of Legal Advice – FREE

Opinions and insights from two dynamic veteran practitioners who know the laws, behavior of government officials and the best practices to ensure your business success. Knowledge is opportunity and the CMA luncheon is the place to be on May 26th

Matthew J. Thomas
Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Overview of current United States trade laws directly impacting the international shipping and offshore sector, including a discussion of the evolving policies regarding trade with Iran, Cuba, and Russia, along with money laundering and related compliance issues.

Gregory F. Linsin
Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Discussion of recent vessel pollution enforcement cases and related judicial opinions, as indicators of the evolving enforcement priorities of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Justice.

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

CMA Members: $50 / Non-Members $60

For reservations please contact
Emilie Engh at Tel: +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3725

Email: EEngh@marinemoney.com

June

Thursday, June 30, 2016

CMA Speaker Luncheon

Speaker TBD

Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s II

2748 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

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

Members $50 / Non-Members $60

July

Thursday, July 21, 2016

CMA Annual Summer Picnic
Lobster Bake

5:30 pm-9:00 pm

Stamford Yacht Club
97 Ocean Drive West
Stamford, CT

Members: $85

Non-Members: $160
(+ 1 year CMA Membership - $75 value)

Click here for more info

For Reservations for all CMA Events
please call:
Emilie at +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3725, Lorraine at Ext 3717 or email conferences@cmaconnect.com or EEngh@marinemoney.com

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