CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Robert Bugbee
Scorpio Group
PRESIDENT
Ian Workman
Trans-Tec Services, Inc.
VICE PRESIDENT
Tony Backos
Pyxis Holdings Inc.
SECRETARY
Jasmine Alvarado
Clemente Shipping USA LLC
TREASURER
Nick Sofos
Groton Pacific Carriers
MEMBERSHIP
Brian Robinson
Penfield Marine LLC
COMMUNICATION
Nora Huvane
Marine Money International
SOCIAL
Ryan Jurewicz
UNI Americas
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
EDUCATION
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd.
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.

 
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President's Notes
Events

August 2014

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

In July's Newsletter I touched upon the subject of coping with failure and how, from a very early age, we learn to persevere in order to succeed whether in sport, business or any walk of life. How many times have you heard that in order to succeed we must first fail? So failure is an integral part of our development.

However, rather than using the word "failure" to describe a situation, wouldn't it be much more appropriate, and sound less critical, to use a phrase such as "it wasn't a success but a learning curve"?

So the mission is try, try and try again, learn from each effort, and persevere.
Successful perseverance is very much based on good communication and, communication, as I have mentioned in previous Newsletters, is a two way street - listening and speaking.

Listening takes precedence, it demonstrates that you are really interested in the opinions and points made, and will encourage a continued conversation. Attentive listening will enable you to not only ask the right questions, but also to make relevant and effective points. Asking questions engages and pulls people into the conversation.

"Think before you speak" is an age old adage that is as true now as when it was first coined. If you have listened carefully to what has been said, you can really focus on what you want to say and relate it to the comments that have already been voiced.

So perhaps your first call to a new prospect, whilst probably not a success, is the beginning of a learning curve in which may lay the foundation for winning over a new customer…certainly not a failure.

Ian Workman
President

Event Calendar
August
There are no special CMA Social Events in August – Enjoy the rest of the Summer!
September

Note that there will be no monthly luncheon this month as all efforts will be directed to our 30th Anniversary Gala Event on September 25 but we do have a special family oriented event that will be held this month too – see below for more info!

Saturday evening, September 13, 2014

CMA Family Night Out at the Ballpark

Bridgeport Bluefish Vs Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

The Ballpark at Harbor Yard

50 Main Street

(Right off Exit 27 on I-95)

Bridgeport, CT 06604

www.bridgeportbluefish.com

5:15pm – Pre-game Picnic

6:05pm – First Pitch and Game starts

Later – Fireworks Extravaganza

Adults: $30 per person (includes pre-game picnic and a box seat to the game and festivities)

Children: (Ages 12 and under) – pre-game picnic and box seat ticket to the game and festivities - Free of Charge (being graciously underwritten by the CMA!)

Click here for more information

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Thursday evening, September 25, 2014

CMA 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Burning Tree Country Club

120 Perkins Road

Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

7:00 pm – Cocktail Reception on the lawn (weather permitting)

8:00 pm – Dinner and Dancing

Carriages – Midnight

Black Tie

Silent Auction to benefit the CMA Education Foundation

Tickets: $250 per person

Tables of 10 - $2,500

Available in advance only – limited capacity

Click here for more info

For reservations please contact Lorraine Parsons Tel: +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3717 or email conferences@cmaconnect.com

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