CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Robert Bugbee
Scorpio Group
PRESIDENT
Ian Workman
Trans-Tec Services, Inc.
VICE PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd.
SECRETARY
Jasmine Alvarado
Clemente Shipping USA LLC
TREASURER
Nick Sofos
Groton Pacific Carriers
MEMBERSHIP
Brian Robinson
Penfield Marine LLC
COMMUNICATION
Nora Huvane
Marine Money International
SOCIAL
Ryan Jurewicz
UNI Americas
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

November 2014

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

It is frequently said that Shipping gets into your blood and is often influential from generation to generation. Quite apart from my maternal Grandfather's Naval career (his memoirs are serialized in this newsletter), my father's maritime career extended from 1946 to his retirement in the 1980's. Both his father, George Workman and his grandfather, William Service Workman, were closely involved with the Glasgow based shipping company "City Line Ltd", before and after the take-over by Sir John R. Ellerman in 1901.

With that heritage behind me, I did not stand a chance when, like many teenagers, although I wanted to go my own way, be independent and generally have nothing to do with the 'older generation', Fate took a hand. My "coup de foudre" came during an interview for a bunker trading position in London in 1985, and here I am, almost 30 years later, still deeply involved with shipping.

So is this inherited? Is it the influence of a relative or a friend? The hypotheses are endless but I believe that the maritime industry has some very special links. What other industry relies so completely on a force of nature?

As we all know, no matter how safe we try to make our vessels the Sea can be a cruel and dangerous mistress, and our seagoing members are on it every day of every year.

The Maritime Colleges are a special breed of College, where once again, relationships are forged which go beyond just the office or different companies and seem to escape our varied ages.

Then there are the storied families, where ancestors, both older and more recent, have challenged both the natural elements and man made hurdles in establishing dynasties - both past and future (barring some unforeseen events).

What other industry can say that it carries from 80-97% (depending on data source and definition of "commerce" used) of the world's commerce?

We need the maritime related land based offices and industries, we need the private finance and trading companies. There are so many vital cogs in a trade which encompasses the globe.

The list goes on and on…we are in a special industry with lots of moving parts and the CMA welcomes all.

So it should not be any surprise that families with maritime roots have room to expand, there is room for all. So perhaps it was not fate but coincidence that called me all those years ago - but isn't coincidence fate?

Ian Workman
President

Event Calendar
December


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CMA Annual Holiday Party

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Bank Street Events
(note new venue for this annual event!)

65 Bank Street, Stamford, CT 06901

We invite our members and their guests to

Come Celebrate the Season
at our Annual Party

Free of charge to CMA Members and guests

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).

Click here for more info

For reservations please contact Anne Gumpel at Tel: +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3725 or Lorraine Parsons at Ext 3717 or email conferences@cmaconnect.com

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