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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.