CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA Commodore Award
1990
Ole Skaarup
Chairman
Skaarup Shipping Corporation
1991
Jacob Stolt-Nielsen
Chairman
Stolt-Nielsen, Inc.
1992
George P. Livanos
Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises, Ltd.
1993
Philip Loree
Chairman
Federation of American Controlled Shipping
1994
Thomas E. Moran
Chairman
Moran Towing Corporation
1995
Gregory B. Hadjieleftheriadis
President
Eletson Corporation
1996
Dr. Helmut Sohmen
Chairman
World-Wide Shipping Agency, Ltd. (Hong Kong)
1997
Gerhard E. Kurz
President
Mobil Shipping and Transportation Company
1998
William A. O'Neil
Secretary-General
International Maritime Organization
1999
Richard du Moulin
Chairman of Marine Transport Corporation, Chairman of Intertanko
2000
Per Heidenreich
President
Heidenreich Marine Enterprises, Inc.
2001
Marc Saverys
Chairman
Compaigne Maritiime Belge (CMB)
2002
Frank Tsao
Group Chairman
IMC Group
2003
Stelios Haji-Ioannou
Chairman
EasyGroup
2004
Peter C. Georgiopoulos
Chairman
General Maritime Corp.
2005
C. Sean Day
Chairman of Teekay Shipping Corporation
2006
Torben G. Jensen
Chairman & CEO
The Clipper Group
2007
Morten Arntzen
President & CEO
Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.
2008
John Fredriksen
President & CEO
Frontline Ltd.
2009
Capt. Wei Jiafu
President and CEO
COSCO Group
2010
Philippe Louis-Dreyfus
President
Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group
2011
Angeliki Frangou
Chairman & CEO
Navios Maritime Holdings Inc.
2012

Øivind Lorentzen,III
CEO
SEACOR Holdings Inc.

2013 Peter Evensen
President & CEO
Teekay Corporation
2014 Robert Bugbee
President & Director
Scorpio Tankers Inc.
Scorpio Bulkers Inc.
2015

Capt. Panagiotis N. Tsakos
Tsakos Group

2016
Paddy Rodgers
CEO
Euronav NV
The Connecticut Maritime Association
The Shipping Show

Where shipping business gets done!

The Connecticut Maritime Association is a non-profit organization built by its members for its members. It is an Association made of individuals representing every aspect of shipping and international trade.

The CMA produces an extremely varied schedule of events and information tools:

  • Monthly Luncheons: usually held on the last Thursday of each month, feature industry speakers and provide useful networking time.
  • Monthly Newsletter: keeps members informed of industry issues, market trends, member news and the ever increasing array of social, sports and entertainment activities.
  • Website: check out our website for the latest news, views, Job Mart, schedule of upcoming events and sports scores.
  • Job Mart: a posting of both job vacancies and candidates appearing in both the monthly Newsletter and on the website. This service has proved invaluable for members and for the industry.
  • Scholarships and Internships: the CMA Education program is considered a vital Association function and has grown substantially in recent years, funding significant programs, all designed to introduce young talent to the industry and
    explain the important role that the industry plays in all our lives.
  • Social, Sports & Entertainment: the CMA hosts an increasing number of social events throughout the year, designed to appeal to all sectors of the 1,400+ strong membership. Structured to facilitate business and build the community, events currently on the social calendar include a spring golf outing, evening dinners, a softball league, a tennis tournament, a quiz night, a 12-meter America's Cup yacht regatta (relatively new, but fast becoming the signature event of the year!), a festive holiday party and a popular summer picnic beside the Sound. Special events of note in recent years have included the CMA's 20th Anniversary Gala at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and the unique Liberty Ship reception fund-raiser in New London aboard the S.S. John W. Brown.
  • Annual Conference & Trade Show: the CMA's "Shipping"event, held each March in Stamford, Connecticut has gained a reputation as the premier shipping gathering in North America and a "must-attend" event on the business calendar. A dynamic and topical seminar program, combined with
    cutting edge exhibits and an enormous range of networking opportunities
    attracts over 2,400 major domestic and international industry players each year. The event culminates in the Commodore Gala Dinner, where an individual, selected by the CMA Board, is presented with the CMA Commodore Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the maritime industry.

This is your Association and your thoughts, comments, ideas and support are what make it work!

Through the years, the CMA has declined encouragement to be more political or to take a more activist role in the shipping industry. But it has opted to take a positive and very successful role in providing a forum for information exchange for its members. Seminars and lectures are held
periodically, and each Spring the CMA sponsors a Conference and Trade Show which has become the pre-eminent shipping conference in North America. Attracting industry leaders from all over the world, the three day, multifaceted trade show includes dynamic exhibits from 130 maritime related companies and organizations, seminars and lectures conducted by experts in the field and attendance by over 2,400 potential clients each day. One of the highlights of the event is the presentation of The Commodore Award, given to one individual, selected by the Board of Directors of the CMA, who has made outstanding contributions to the maritime industry.

The Connecticut Maritime Association, with its sound philosophy and dedication to its members has carved a place in shipping history. As stated
in an article published by Fairplay Magazine, "this vibrant volunteer based organization has filled a real need for a forum for serious debate within
the U.S. on the problems confronting the international shipping industry. Almost without exception, the (conference) met or exceeded past high standards - these were practical, hard-nosed assessments from top people in the industry - a gathering which can attract the top (leaders) and keep them in their seats has found the right formula."

Sexual or Personal Harassment Policy:

Sexual harassment is any conduct, comment, gesture or contact of a sexual nature that is unwanted or unwelcome by any individual, or that might reasonably be perceived by that individual as placing a condition of a sexual nature on any CMA-related activity.

Personal harassment is any conduct, verbal or physical, that is discriminatory in nature, based upon another person’s race, color, ancestry, place of origin, political beliefs, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, sex, age or sexual orientation. Personal harassment includes but is not limited to discriminatory or other behavior, directed at an individual, that is unwanted or unwelcome and causes substantial distress in that individual and serves no legitimate CMA-related purpose.

The CMA does not tolerate sexual or personal harassment. Sexual or personal harassment in any form is strictly prohibited and may be grounds for suspension or termination as an officer, director or member of CMA or suspension or termination from the privilege of participating in CMA events.

MISSION STATEMENT:
" To provide an open forum for individuals to exchange ideas and information supporting the development and growth of the international maritime and trade industries."

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
Citrin Cooperman
SOCIAL
Bobby Rosano
Monjasa
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
TBA
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.