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
Rose & Company
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.

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

August 2015

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

"A problem shared is a problem halved" is a saying which can be applied to many situations both private and professional. But, like many simple statements, it is not usually 100 pct true. Often it is only more of a way of opening up a situation to discussion or merely pointing out that we are but human, and that whilst most of us try to do the "right thing", problems - whether from mistakes, misunderstandings, call it whatever you want - do happen.

Privately, as a parent, I have found that getting together with other parents with children of similar ages as mine, and discussing the various parenting problems, has given both my wife and me reassurance that we don't have two heads, and that we are not totalitarian dictators who should be locked up for the unfair restriction of total freedom of movement. We do (still) have a brain and we do have (some) general knowledge and common sense when dealing with the variety of thorny and emotionally touchy issues that crop up when dealing with both your offspring and the situations that they encounter.

Professionally it is somewhat different - we are adults after all. Probably the first thing you have to realize is that no-one is perfect, whether they are owners, managers or employees (don't let anyone kid you - everyone makes mistakes). But it is the way that the situation is handled that matters and therefore, as nearly every issue is different, the permutations are endless so, with endless possible solutions, where is the link?

Firstly - and I believe most importantly - must come the recognition within yourself that there is a problem, and secondly there comes the discussion with either your manager and / or your co-workers or employees. From then on, all commonality is impossible to compute as it is so subjective - the key is first admitting there is an issue and secondly sharing it. After all "many heads are better than one" - aren't they?

Ian Workman
President

Event Calendar
August

There are no special CMA Social Events in August – Enjoy the Summer!

September
Thursday, September 24, 2015

CMA Speaker Luncheon

Speaker & Topic TBA

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 / Non-Members $60

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

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