CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
John C. Hadjipateras
Chairman, CEO & President
Dorian LPG Ltd.
PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
VICE PRESIDENT
Chris Aversano
SECRETARY
Marina Critides
Navios Maritime Holdings
TREASURER
Louis Linde
Nothern Shipping Funds
MEMBERSHIP
Greg Kurantowicz
Associated Asphalt
COMMUNICATION
Jess Hurwitz
SOCIAL
Mike McCormick
Odin Marine Group
P& A
Patrick Bähr
UPT United Product Tankers
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
Rebecca Redstone
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 2019

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

As required by our By-Laws, we had our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, April 25th. It's a great opportunity to hear about how things are going, as well as being, literally, a free lunch to members in good standing! I would encourage all of our members to try to attend next year's AGM, and by all means, to let me know if you have any questions during the meeting. For me, it's a great opportunity to talk about the past year, and also to talk about what we can look forward to in the coming year. Considering that I have only one year left as CMA President, it was especially meaningful to me.

As for the state of the CMA, things continue to move in a good direction for us. CMA Shipping 2019 was a great success, and was a year of transition for us, as we had both IMS and Informa working at this year's event. Next year, the Conference will be fully in the hands of Informa as organizers. A number of people noted that the CMA Conference did not seem as well attended this year, but interestingly, this was actually due to the fact that the floor layout was different this year, with the delegate lunches and Gala dinner taking place in the Garden Pavilion. This opened up more floor space to us, which we badly needed, but masked the fact that attendance was actually up about 10% from the 2018 Conference. Our 2018 Commodore, Sabrina Chao, came back this year to pass on the Commodores hat to John Hadjipateras, and she mentioned to us that until she experienced the 2018 Conference, she hadn't realized just how strong the shipping community is here in Connecticut - that's a real tribute to our membership, and how the CMA has always operated.

Membership does change a bit from year to year, up one year, down the next, etc. With about 1,100 members at the moment, we are down a bit from last year. I would like to challenge all of our current members to try to recruit one or two new members before the CMA Summer Picnic this year. Remember that membership costs on $75.00 per year, and if you attend the AGM and Holiday Party, which are both free to members, and the Summer Picnic, which is significantly subsidized by the CMA, you are well ahead of the game, not even to mention the networking opportunities at these events. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to join - it's important.

During the government shutdown earlier this year, the Board made the decision to donate $20,000 to the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Fund, to help those in the US Coast Guard make ends meet during that difficult time. We have a special relationship with the US Coast Guard, and certainly, rely on them for so many things. We were glad to be able to provide them some measure of relief.

CMA Softball has started again this year, although there were not enough teams to support the league at the Trinity Catholic field, we have sponsored two teams in the Stamford town league, and are considering other uses for the field at Trinity Catholic this summer.

Our other annual events remain popular and well attended. We had 359 at the 2018 Summer Picnic, and the Holiday Party was also quite well attended. Our Summer and Halloween Happy Hours will continue in 2019, and Mike McCormick recently organized a virtual golf event which was well attended and got very positive feedback, and se we are planning to do this again in 2020.

Our next event is the annual CMA Golf Outing at Sterling Farms on Monday, May 13th. Please don't forget to RSVP with Lorraine, as this event always sells out.

Finally, we also took care of our Board elections at the AGM. Marina Critides and Jess Hurwitz were both re-elected for their second 2 year term as Secretary and Communications Chair, respectively. We thank them for their hard work over the past two years, and are grateful that they will both be serving for a second term. Patrick Bähr and Mike McCormick were both appointed in recent months to fill open positions as Planning and Administration Chair and Social Chair, respectively. They have both already set a high bar (bähr???), and we are pleased that they are now officially elected and starting their first full terms on the CMA Board.

Please remember that this is, ultimately, YOUR Connecticut Maritime Association. Our strength as an organization comes from our membership, and from the expertise in the shipping industry that each of our members has. Please take advantage of the membership roster that members have access to, and encourage your friends and colleagues to join. As our membership grows, so too will our strength as an organization, and your help in this task truly is important to us. Thanks again to you all for your support over the past year, and all of us on the CMA Board are looking forward to another exciting and productive year ahead!

Joe Gross
CMA President

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at +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3717
or email
conferences@cmaconnect.com
or
LParsons@marinemoney.com

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