CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Capt. Panagiotis N. Tsakos
Tsakos Group
PRESIDENT
Ian Workman
Trans-Tec Services, Inc.
VICE PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd.
SECRETARY
Jasmine Alvarado
TREASURER
Nick Sofos
Groton Pacific Carriers
MEMBERSHIP
Brian Robinson
Penfield Marine LLC
COMMUNICATION
Nora Huvane
SOCIAL
Ryan Jurewicz
VSTEP
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
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.

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President's Notes
Events

May 2015

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

On Thursday 30th April we held our Annual General Meeting where we confirmed the appointments made by the Board during this past year, re-elected two incumbents and also confirmed the creation of a new chair on the Board and the appointment of Greg Talibon as the first "E-Chair".


Yes, the lunch was our treat, but it was still great to see the number of members who took the time out of their busy day to share a very important part of running an association in a fair, balanced and open way, and it is vital that it continues in this fashion to maintain its vitality and openness.


It was heartening to hear from our Education Chair, Kevin Breen, on the great steps being made by an invigorated Education Board. It felt really good to be able to report on the continued popularity of CMA's social side - the lunches, the golf outing (this years is already booked out), the picnic (which has become a "must attend" in most calendars), the softball - continuing even though this season will be played in a public arena by two teams sponsored by the CMA - and the continued huge success of the conference in March.


But some words, descriptions and social networking events are construed in different ways and also regarded with varying amounts of importance by different people or in different locations around the world. This was brought home to me during the winding down, after the official part of the AGM.


There I was, waxing lyrical about how pleased we were about 2014 when a gentleman, not that much older than me, made the comment that when I mentioned the creation of the "E-Chair", the first thought that popped into his head was that this was some sort of "Electric Chair" with all of its violent associative images. That was a dose of cold water. I am sure that E-Chair Greg Talibon will have a much more positive effect on CMA to counter-act any such negative interpretations!


On the social networking side, having not visited the Far East for several years, I spent the week following the AGM in Singapore and discovered that Karaoke is alive and flourishing. It is still a vital part of many business evenings, with many singers actually being quite good! I quickly disillusioned both myself and them that I could match their tuneful efforts.


We do have of places where Karaoke can be enjoyed in and around our New York area, but in no way is it so much a part of our business entertainment - different part of the world, different importance. I am not so sure about a CMA Karaoke evening though.

Comments are always welcome…

Ian Workman
President

Event Calendar
May
Thursday, May 21, 2015

CMA Speaker Luncheon

Maritime LNG
The Future is Now

Speaker: Peter I. Keller,
Executive Vice President, TOTE, Inc.

Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s II

2748 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

Cash Bar: 12 Noon
Seating for Lunch 12:45 pm

Members: $50 per person
Non-Members: $60 per person

For Reservations for all CMA Events please call Anne at +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3725 or Lorraine at Ext 3717
email: conferences@cmaconnect.com

June


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