CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
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.

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

September 2017

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

September has rolled in along with a very stormy Western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico! Our many friends and colleagues in Texas remain in our thoughts and prayers as they start the long period of rebuilding after being hit by Hurricane Harvey. And, as I write this, our thoughts and prayers grow to include more of our friends and colleagues in Florida, many in the process of evacuating ahead of Hurricane Irma's expected landfall. We are also watching Hurricanes Jose and Katia at the moment, as well, both of which stand to cause damage and destruction in the Caribbean and Mexico as they make landfall in the coming days.

For those who wish to help the recovery by making a contribution, we suggest FEMA's advice that a good starting place is The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, at www.nvoad.org, which can direct you to both local and national relief organizations seeking donations. We also encourage our members to donate only money, as sending unsolicited goods, no matter how well meaning, will force relief organizations to sort and store these items, whether they are needed or not, taking volunteer labor, transportation and warehouse resources away from more pressing relief efforts. As a matter of fact, the Texas VOAD issued a press release indicating that "the influx of donated items exceeds the needs of the impacted communities at this time." You can read the full press release here - Again - cash is king in this situation.

Closer to home, we do have a few upcoming events to look forward to. Thursday, September, 21st, is the annual CMA Education Awards Luncheon, at which scholarship winners and their guests will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with our membership. We are so grateful that a panel of CMA Commodores will be there to discuss, well, pretty much whatever they would like to speak about! Last year's Commodores panel was interesting, insightful, and absolutely entertaining, and this year's panel, of Peter Evensen and Jack Noonan, moderated by Per Heidenreich, should be every bit as wonderful as the 2016 panel. As always, I encourage our members to attend, meet the scholarship winners, who will, by the way, be our future industry colleagues, and enjoy what will certainly be an interesting and entertaining panel discussion.

Our October luncheon will be on Thursday, the 19th, and we are planning our annual Halloween Happy Hour, for Thursday, October 26th, so please look for further details of these two events in the coming weeks.

Finally, please remember that the Connecticut Maritime Association is YOUR organization. Our work is for our membership, whether it is bringing industry leaders to speak at luncheons, arranging happy hours, golf, and the softball league, providing factoids in our monthly newsletter, or maintaining our roster for members to access, we want to keep you updated, and keep you connected to your fellow CMA members. You all help to create the vast wealth of knowledge and connections that make the CMA the unique and important organization that is has grown into over the past 33 years, and which will carry it far into the future.

Joe Gross
CMA
President

Event Calendar
October

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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 Lorraine at +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3717, Lorraine or email conferences@cmaconnect.com or LParsons@marinemoney.com

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

From 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Sign of the Whale
6 Harbor Point Road, Stamford, CT 06902

Sponsored by the CMA with the first drinks on us up to $1,000 total and appetizers too!

Get in the spirit and dress for Halloween – there will be a Costume Contest and prizes! If not wearing a costume we ask for a $5 cash donation (for the CMA Education Foundation!)

No RSVP necessary – All CMA Members in good standing are welcome

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