CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Jack Noonan
CEO, Chembulk Tankers
PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
VICE PRESIDENT
Chris Aversano
Braemar ACM
SECRETARY
Marina Critides
TREASURER
Nick Sofos
Groton Pacific Carriers
MEMBERSHIP
Greg Kurantowicz
Associated Asphalt

COMMUNICATION
Jess Hurwitz
Citrin Cooperman

SOCIAL
Bobby Rosano
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
Rebecca Redstone
Odin Marine Group
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

January 2018

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

Welcome to 2018! I think it's fair to say that 2017 was as eventful a year as we expected it to be, for many reasons, but as always, our industry bobs and weaves to accommodate the changes placed before it.

At the CMA, we ended the year with another well attended Holiday Party at Sign of the Whale, and I would like to thank all who attended. It's always a pleasure to catch up with so many friends, and meet some new folks along the way. We already have events to look forward to in January!

On Thursday, January 25th, we will hold our first luncheon of the year, with a presentation by Josh Shapiro, COO of Liberty Maritime, whose topic will be "Business Intelligence: Embracing Data and Tech alongside Cyber Challenges." I'm sure this will be a fascinating, and timely, topic to hear about. Also, CMA is pleased to be sponsoring SUNY Maritime's Alumni Reception at Sign of the Whale in Stamford on Thursday, January 18th. Thanks to our Social Chair, Bobby Rosano, for helping them organize this event, and we hope to assist with other events like this going forward.

As difficult as it is to believe that we are already a couple weeks into 2018, it is just as difficult to believe that our Shipping 2018 Conference is now just about 2 months away! The Conference will take place at the Stamford Hilton on March 12, 13 and 14 this year. I am sure that by now our membership has heard that our 2018 Commodore will be Ms. Sabrina Chao, Executive Chairman of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited, and until this past November, was also Chairperson of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association. We are so pleased to be able to honor such an accomplished shipping executive, and we certainly look forward to her participation in the Conference during the week, and being able to honor her at the Gala Dinner. Please book your place at the Conference and the Dinner sooner than later, because space is always limited.

The theme of this year's Conference is "Profits and Values," focusing on the critical commercial demands of the industry from finance to disruptive business practices along with vital human and environmental elements so critical to profits and illustrative of the values vital to best practices. We are confident that the event will not disappoint, and look forward to seeing you all there!

Joe Gross
CMA
President

Event Calendar
January
Thursday, January 25, 2018

CMA Monthly Speaker Luncheon

Speaker:
Josh Shapiro,
COO, Liberty Maritime

Business Intelligence:
Embracing Data and Tech
alongside Cyber Challenges

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 per person / Non-Members: $60 per person

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

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