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
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

May 2017

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

We had our Annual General Meeting on April 27th, and of course it was a pleasure to see all those in attendance. I was pleased to be able to report that the CMA continues to move forward in fine shape, and our membership remains robust. December of 2016 saw our best attended Holiday Party yet, with over 300 in attendance, and we had about 2,300 delegates at Shipping 2017.

We continue to work on increasing and improving our on-line presence, hopefully in ways that are relevant to our membership. At Shipping 2017, we again had an application to your smart phones (an "app") available for the delegates, which had an array of useful information, and even a messaging system for communicating between delegates, which I found quite useful. You may have noticed that an email was sent out recently inviting Shipping 2017 attendees to complete a survey about their experience, and we want to thank everyone that responded. We are grateful for your feedback, and will use the information you provided to improve Shipping 2018.

CMA Softball is finally back, with the field at Trinity Catholic available for our athletes once again. We will have 6 teams take to the field for the 2017 season, and are looking forward to hearing about the friendly competition on the field this summer.

Two of our Board members moved on in April. Jasmine Alvarado completed two terms as CMA Secretary. It is not an easy job, but she took it on with enthusiasm, and was always happy to lend a hand for any event or project. Jonathan Koren spent only one year with us as Communications Chair, and did a wonderful job in that role, booking a number of very interesting speakers during that time. Jonathan has stepped down to take a job overseas. I know that the membership joins me in thanking them both for all of their work for the CMA. They will both be missed. However, there is always a silver lining, and in this case, we have gotten two new Board Members, both well known and well liked throughout the industry, and we cannot be happier to welcome them both to the Board. Marina Critides joins us as our new Secretary, and Jess Hurwitz as Communications Chair. We are pleased to have them both on the Board, and no doubt their skills and experience will bring new and exciting strengths to the Board.

In the thirty-plus years since the CMA was founded, the demographics of our industry have changed significantly. We are a more diverse industry than we were thirty years ago, and our membership reflects that. This is a great thing, because there is strength in diversity. An embrace of a diverse population also demands responsibility and respect amongst us all. In order to make our support of our entire membership as clear as possible, the Board has implemented a Sexual or Personal Harassment Policy, which we think brings us in line with what is expected of organizations in 2017. It is posted on the CMA website.

Aside from our upcoming lunch later in May, we are looking forward to seeing many of you at the CMA Golf Outing on May 15th, CMA Happy Hour at Sign of the Whale on June 15th, and the CMA Summer Picnic on July 19th (a Wednesday this year!), so there are quite a few events to look forward to. See you all there!

Joe Gross
CMA
President

Event Calendar
JUNE
Thursday, June 15, 2017

CMA Summer Happy Hour

From 6:00 pm

Sign of the Whale
(on the Roof Deck)

Look out for the CMA banner
and for Emilie!

6 Harbor Point Road,
Stamford, CT 06902

Sponsored by the CMA with the first drinks on us up to $1,000 total

No RSVP necessary – All CMA Members in good standing are welcome

JULY
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
(note a Wednesday this year!)

CMA Annual Summer Picnic
& Lobster Bake

5:30 pm-9:00 pm

Stamford Yacht Club
97 Ocean Drive West, Stamford, CT

Members: $85/ Non-Members: $160 (includes a one year CMA Membership - $75 value)

Click here for more info

For Reservations please call Emilie at +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3725 or EEngh@marinemoney.com

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