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

December 2016

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

It's hard to believe that this is the last newsletter of 2016. No one can argue that it hasn't been an interesting year in many respects.

From my perspective, 2016 has been very successful for the Connecticut Maritime Association. We had a great Conference in March, and compelling speakers at all of our monthly lunches, culminating in a wonderful presentation by Cesare d'Amico, the CEO of d'Amico Societa di Navigazione Spa. He gave a full room at The Yale Club in Manhattan some great insight into a variety of issues that ship owners face on a regular basis, from crewing and other technical issues, to new buildings, scrapping, and financing issues. We hope that Cesare found this event as interesting as we did, and look forward to more visits from him in the future.

As we go to press this month, President-Elect Trump is busy with the transition process, and working on selecting his Cabinet Secretaries. With talk of Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary, and Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary, this may prove to be an interesting time for those of us in the shipping business, considering the unique experience that these two have in international shipping. I cannot recall a Cabinet with two Secretaries with the sort of experience and contacts in shipping that Elaine Chao and Wilbur Ross have, so this situation is certainly worth paying close attention to.

As for your CMA Board, we are busy lining up speakers for the January and February luncheons in Darien, and we are already having discussions about Shipping 2017, which will be here before we know it. There are still a few sponsorship opportunities available at the Conference, as well as opportunities to advertise. Contact Lorraine Parsons if you want to look into these opportunities.

Our annual Holiday Party will take place at Sign of the Whale in Stamford, from 6:00-10:00 on Tuesday, 13 December. While we do ask that you RSVP, the event is free of charge to all CMA members in good standing, so please make certain that your membership is up to date! As usual, we will be collecting toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve sponsored "Toys for Tots" program, so we do ask that all members attending please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate, so that we can do our part to make Christmas for less fortunate children a little bit brighter.

Finally, on behalf of your CMA Board, I hope that all of our membership are wrapping up a successful 2016, and we wish the whole CMA community a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017! We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Party, and at our events in 2017!

Joe Gross
CMA President

Event Calendar
November
December
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

CMA Annual Holiday Party

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sign of the Whale
(note new venue this year!)
6 Harbor Point Road,
Stamford, CT 06902

(plentiful street and surface lot parking
close-by and use of the Harbor Point garages is available too)

We invite our members to
Come Celebrate the Season
at our Annual Party

Free of charge to
CMA Members in good standing

(All we ask is that you bring an unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps. sponsored “Toys for Tots” program OR make a cash or check donation to the CMA Education Foundation

(any donation welcome).

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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