CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Sabrina S. M. Chao

Executive Chairman,
Wah Kwong Maritime Holdings Ltd.
PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
VICE PRESIDENT
Chris Aversano
SECRETARY
Marina Critides
TREASURER
Louis Linde
Nothern Shipping Funds
MEMBERSHIP
Greg Kurantowicz
Associated Asphalt
COMMUNICATION
Jess Hurwitz
Citrin Cooperman
SOCIAL
Bobby Rosano
P& A
Lambros Papaeconomou
Lloyds List
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
Rebecca Redstone
Odin Marine Group
CMA Ambassador (Asia)
Larry Liu
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.

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 2018

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

As our By-Laws require of us we had our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 26th. I always look forward to this gathering of CMA members. It's an opportunity to talk about the past year, and what we can look forward to in the coming year. Above all, it's a chance to see old friends and meet some new members, as well.

As for the state of the CMA, we remain on a solid upward trajectory. Shipping 2018 was a great success, the 2017 Summer Picnic was extremely well attended, as was our Holiday party as Sign of the Whale. Our Happy Hours, Golf Outing and our Manhattan Luncheon we all fully booked, and well received in 2017. The one change for CMA, an important one, was widely reported in the industry press: our transition from our annual conference being managed by our great friends at IMS, to our new friends at Informa.

This decision helps to move the CMA forward for many years to come, and we are excited about this development. However, fear not. The great Lorraine Parsons and her excellent team at IMS will continue to organize all of the CMA's other events throughout the year. Our next event is our annual Golf Outing at Sterling Farms, on Monday, May 14th, followed by our May Luncheon, on Thursday, May 24th. At our luncheon, we will be discussing the recent tariffs being imposed on steel and aluminum imports. We will have more details shorty.

Among the other business that we took care of at the AGM was the election of Board Members. Let me first thank Nick Sofos for his four years of service as the CMA's Treasurer. Nick, ever the devil's advocate, pushed all of us on the Board to look at things in ways we'd not thought of before. I also want to thank Larry Liu for his four years as Planning and Administration Chair. Larry put his stamp on this role, and during his time developed a wonderful outreach program, starting with Maritime students in China, developing an exchange program, and now looking for ways to expand upon what he's achieved thus far. In order for Larry to continue in this role, he is now has an ex-officio role with the Board, as our Outreach Ambassador. This is a great role for Larry, and we are pleased to continue working with him to develop this program.

We are very pleased to welcome two new Board Members to our ranks, as well. Lambros Papaeconomou joins us as Planning & Administration Chair. Lambros is the US Correspondent of Lloyds List. Louis Linde steps in as our Treasurer. Louis is Senior Financial Analyst at Northern Fund Management America, LLC. They both bring new perspectives to our Board, and we are looking forward to working with them.

Finally, this is a great opportunity to say a few things about who we are, as a group. As a member of the Connecticut Maritime Association, you are among a group of about 1,200 other Maritime Industry professionals. This number only counts our current paid membership but in fact judging from the success of our events, we never really lose a member. Our ranks include students, recent college graduates, managers, CFO's, and CEO's, among others. It's fair to say that our membership has held every job there is to do, both ashore and at sea. As a group, we have achieved a certain gravitas within the Maritime Industry, specifically because of our membership. Remember always, that the Connecticut Maritime Association is much more than the CMA Conference, Happy Hours, luncheons and softball. What makes the CMA what it is, is its members, and the relationships we have built amongst ourselves. I would urge you all to consider the value that our membership roster has - it is available to all members in good standing via our website.

Networking at our social events is always wonderful, but networking can go beyond these events, as well. We have all had the experience of coming across a professional question that we don't know the answer to, but I can confidently say that there will be someone amongst our ranks that will know the answer. Frankly, getting access to the roster for a mere $75.00 per year is a bargain price, without even taking CMA's other events into consideration. So, please help us to maintain and even expand this gravitas that we have been so fortunate to develop over the years. If your membership has lapsed, please remember to renew, and if you meet someone who is not yet a member, please encourage them to join our ranks. We surely stand upon the shoulders of those that have come before us, and I hope that over the next two years, the final two years of my tenure as President, we can add more shoulders to our organization, for those yet to come to stand upon.

Joe Gross
CMA
President

Event Calendar

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

May
Thursday, May 24, 2018

CMA Monthly Speaker Lunch

Anton Posner
CEO of Mercury Resources LLC

"Import tariffs on steels and aluminum"

Gil Landy
Manager of Dry Bulk Ocean Freight and Derivatives Trading
Pasternak, Baum & Co., Inc.

"The new Chinese tariffs on US grain exports"

Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s II
2748 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

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

CMA Members $50 / Non-Members $60

For reservations please contact Lorraine Parsons at 203-406-0109 Ext 3717
or email
LParsons@marinemoney.com
or
conferences@cmaconnect.com

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