PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2018 Program Schedule

Schedule of Events




Program Subject to Change (as of January 24, 2018)
Note: All convention events will be held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center unless otherwise noted.



Color Key:
   Social Events
   General Sessions
   Industry Specific Conferences

Friday, January 26

1:00 p.m.

Katica Klassic Golf Tournament

The Club at Savannah Harbor



Saturday, January 27

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

PRE-CONVENTION WORKSHOP
Coast Guard Mass Rescue Drill
Jonathan Claughton, River Street Riverboat Company
Paul Culver, 7th District, Passenger Vessel Safety Specialist, United States Coast Guard

Note: The Georgia Queen will be located across the river from the Westin at the River Street Riverboat Company dock on River Street

Aboard Georgia Queen, River Street Riverboat Company

11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Convention Center

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Working Committee Lunch

Convention Center

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PVA Safety and Security Committee Meeting

100

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PVA Legislative Committee Meeting

101

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PVA Regulatory Committee Meeting

102

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PVA Membership Committee Meeting

103

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-In

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Westin Savannah
Grand Ballroom AB



Sunday, January 28

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Convention Center

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-in

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
“Taming” the Paperwork Monster
Murray Goldberg, Marine Learning Systems

100

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Electronic Charts: What’s On Your Horizon?
Scott Smith, Entertainment Cruises
Greg Gifford, The Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority
Kyle Ward, NOAA Office of Coast Survey

101

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Associate Member Exhibit Coffee
(Open to All Associate Members)

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Partner/Spouse Networking Function
Featuring "Savannah Dan"

102

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Learning from the El Faro and Marine Electric Casualties
CAPT Jason Neubauer, Office of Investigations and Analysis, United States Coast Guard
Peter Lauridsen, Passenger Vessel Association

103

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Meeting New Subchapter M Fire Regulations
Terry Mannion, STI Marine Firestop
Dan Clift, The Hiller Companies

100

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Exploration of Vessel Fleet Automation, IT and Asset Management
Craig Parkhurst, Wheelhouse Technologies
Dan Webb, GPLink LLC

101

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Apprenticeships in the Maritime Industry
David Matsuda, Matsuda and Associates
Art Parker, Vigor Industrial
Matt Nichols, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

102

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

New Attendee “Get Acquainted” and Convention Orientation

103

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION
Coast Guard Prevention Priorities
Rear Admiral John P. Nadeau
Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy
United States Coast Guard

Presentation of the Roger Murphy National Marine Safety Award
Presentation of the Captain Elizabeth Gedney Passenger Vessel Safety Award

Sponsored by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

PVA Business Meeting

100

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

MariTrends 2018 Exhibit Hall Open

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Offering Unique Experiences for Your Guests
Katherine Borgstrom, Wendella Sightseeing Boats
Andrew Sargis, Wendella Sightseeing Boats

Exhibit Hall Room 1

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Mass Rescue: Lessons Learned
Paul Culver, 7th District, Passenger Vessel Safety Specialist, United States Coast Guard
Tom Gorgol, Office of Search and Rescue, United States Coast Guard

Exhibit Hall Room 2

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Websites that Sell!
Erika Sternburg, FareHarbor

Exhibit Hall Room 1

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Safety Management Systems: Why You Need One and How to Implement It
Richard Paine, Hornblower Cruises and Events
Mike McElroy, Wendella Sightseeing Boats
Justin Park, Seastreak LLC

Exhibit Hall Room 2

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

MariTrends 2018 Exhibit Hall Opening Reception
Sponsored by ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar LLC

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall



Monday, January 29

8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Convention Center

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

PVA Past Presidents' Coffee

100

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

INDUSTRY SPECIFIC CONFERENCES

 

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

PVA Ferry Conference

National Census of Ferry Operators:  2016 Results/Plans for 2018 Census
Janine McFadden, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation

New Ferries For Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority
Peter Duclos, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

Water Transit in Savannah
Jimmy Gunby, Savannah Belle Ferries/Chatham Area Transit

A New High-Speed, Passenger-Only Ferry Service for North Carolina’s Outer Banks
Jed Dixon, North Carolina Ferries Division

Fast Ferries of the Very Near Future
Brett Crowther, Incat Crowther

Ultra Low Wake Ferries
Jago Lawless, BMT Nigel Gee

Global Issues Facing Ferry Operators
Mike Corrigan, Interferry

Sponsored by The Shearer Group, Inc.

101

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

PVA Sales and Marketing Conference

New Digital Tactics to Increase Passenger Volumes
Liz Diedrich, Diedrich RPM

Analyzing Your Potential Customer Base
Doug Springer, Wilmington Water Tours

Identifying and Implementing Sales Strategies by Market
Terri Bernstein, BB Riverboats
Nancy Willhoite, BB Riverboats

Digital Marketing: Driving ROI Through Brand Awareness
Jonathan Campbell, Lake Effect Digital

Connectivity While on the Water
Mike Blackthunder, ePayment America

102

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

PVA Green WATERS Conference

Electrification of Passenger Transport Around the World
Todd Sims, Torqeedo

Hybrid Solutions for Passenger Vessels
Peter Brooks, Cummins Sales & Service

Adapting to Climate Change
Dr. Randy Lehr, Great Lakes Sustainable Institute
Robin Trinko Russell, Madeline Island Ferry Line

Alternative Fuels: Propelling Our Industry in a New Direction
Joe Burgard, Red & White Fleet
Joe Pratt, PhD, Sandia National Labs

How the VW Mitigation Settlement Benefits Passenger Vessel Operators
David Holt, Caterpillar Global Aftermarket Solutions

Best Green Business Practices from PVA Green WATERS Participants

Sponsored by Torqeedo

103

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION
The Big Shift: A Blueprint for the Future of Tourism
Greg Klassen
Principal
Twenty31 Consulting

Sponsored by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

MariTrends 2018 Exhibit Hall Open

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Never Hire a Guest Service Employee Again
Craig Wenokur, Wendella Sightseeing

Exhibit Hall Room 1

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Managing Preventative Maintenance with Condition Monitoring Systems
Hank Morgan, Karl Senner, LLC

Exhibit Hall Room 2

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Vessel Situational Awareness and Radar
Steve Hamber, NAVICO SIMRAD

Exhibit Hall Room 1

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Top 5 SMS Implementation Considerations
Eric Brown, Safety Management Systems, LLC

Exhibit Hall Room 2

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Autonomous Vessels Are Coming; Airborne Drones Are Here
Sean Pribyl, Blank Rome, Washington DC

Exhibit Hall Room 1

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Why Pilothouse Officers Need Insurance to Protect Licenses
Randy O’Neill, MOPS Marine Insurance
Marguerite Meditz, MOPS Marine Insurance

Exhibit Hall Room 2

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

MariTrends 2018 No-Host Cocktail Reception  

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

5:30 p.m.

Passenger Vessel Foundation Fundraiser Event

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall



Tuesday, January 30

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Convention Center

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

PVA REGION MEETINGS

  • PVA Western Region Meeting
    Sponsored by Cummins

  • PVA Rivers Region Meeting
    Sponsored by Palmer Johnson Power Systems

  • PVA Southeast Region Meeting

  • PVA Original Colonies Region Meeting

  • PVA Great Lakes Region Meeting

 

100


101


Exhibit Hall Room 1

103

102

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION
Business Startups and Expansions: The Secrets to Good Decision Making
Jim Zitek
Founder/CEO
Harbor Capital Group Inc.

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

MariTrends 2018 Exhibit Hall Open

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Workforce Development
Greg Faust, Washington State Ferries

Exhibit Hall Room 1

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
The Latest on Slips, Trips and Falls
LCDR Amanda Fahrig, Industry Training, United States Coast Guard

Exhibit Hall Room 2

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

MariTrends 2018 Exhibit Hall Lunch

“LUNCH & LEARN” ROUNDTABLE SESSION
Q&A on the Capital Construction Fund
Daniel Ladd, U.S. Maritime Administration

“LUNCH & LEARN” ROUNDTABLE SESSION
Ask the Lawyer “Off the Clock”
Steve Bers, Whiteford, Taylor and Preston

“LUNCH & LEARN” ROUNDTABLE SESSION
How to Manage Your Risk
Courtney Jones, Aon Risk Solutions
Dan Vitou, Aon Risk Solutions

“LUNCH & LEARN” ROUNDTABLE SESSION
Small Shipyard Grant Program
Ed Welch, Passenger Vessel Association

“LUNCH & LEARN” ROUNDTABLE SESSION
New Propulsion Control Automation Testing Policies
Dave Anderson, Fire Island Ferries, Inc.
Mike McElroy, Wendella Sightseeing Boats

“LUNCH & LEARN” ROUNDTABLE SESSION
Security Training and Exercise Tools
Steve Froehlich, Transportation Security Administration
Tanya Rawson, Transportation Security Administration

Sponsored by Aon Risk Services, CNA Insurance, Great American Insurance Group and Navigators

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Reasonable Cause Drug Testing
Mark Meeker, American Maritime Safety

Exhibit Hall Room 1

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Cyber Security Considerations for Passenger Vessel Operations
LCDR Brandon Link, Office of Port and Facility Compliance, United States Coast Guard
Jason Warren, Office of Port and Facility Compliance, United States Coast Guard
Steve Froehlich, Transportation Security Administration

Exhibit Hall Room 2

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

PVA Associate Council Meeting

100

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

SALES AND MARKETING
How Community Outreach Benefits You
Cindy Brown, Boston Duck Tours

101

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

REGULATORY AND OPERATIONS
Vessel Asset Management Strategies
Matt Von Ruden, Washington State Ferries

102

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
What Drives Traffic to Your Website and How to Optimize It
Rhona Bronson, Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Liz Diedrich, Diedrich RPM

103

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

MariTrends 2018 Exhibit Hall Open

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
The New Wave of ADA Vessel Claims
Steve Bers, Whiteford, Taylor and Preston

Exhibit Hall Room 1

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
New Generator Options for Passenger Vessels
Greg Klompenhouwer, Kohler Marine

Exhibit Hall Room 2

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
What's the Latest Buzz on Craft Beer?
Moderator: Eric Christensen, Passenger Vessel Association
Ryan Ridolfo, Southern Eagle Distributing, LLC
Greg Owens, Monday Night Brewing
Brian Ertter, Savannah River Brewing

Exhibit Hall Room 1

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Interior Outfitting—DIY or Sub-it-Out?
Steve Hadik, Pole Star Maritime

Exhibit Hall Room 2

5:00 p.m.

MariTrends 2018 Exhibit Hall Closes

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Leadership Dinner - By Invitation Only

Sponsored by All American Marine, Inc.

Note: The Georgia Queen will be located across the river from the Westin at the River Street Riverboat Company dock on River Street

Georgia Queen



Wednesday, January 31

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

PVA Board of Directors Meeting

104

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Registration Open

Convention Center

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
A Master's Duty in Avoiding Collisions
Eric Denley, HMS Global Maritime

101

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Promoting Gender Equity in the Workplace
Emily Stier, University of Wisconsin

102

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Challenges Facing Amphibious Operations
Bob Lawler, Boston Duck Tours

103

9:00 a.m.-10:00.a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Illegal Charters Enforcement Strategy
CDR Zeita Merchant, Marine Safety Unit Chicago, United States Coast Guard

100

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Millennials: They Are Up to the Challenge
Morgan Mooney, Fire Island Ferries, Inc.

101

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

PVA New Technologies Conference

Information Technology & Tech Trends
Brian Churchwell, Washington State Ferries

New Tools for the Toolbox
John Waterhouse, Elliott Bay Design Group

Today's Advancements Toward Zero Emissions
Martin Grimnes, Arcadia Alliance

102

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

PVA Ticketing and Reservation Software Roundtable
Moderator: Ben Bernstein, BB Riverboats

103

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
New Waterjet Applications for Passenger Vessels
Antony Tompkins, HamiltonJet

100

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
The Capital Construction Fund:  How to Accumulate Dollars for Vessel Construction
Daniel Ladd, U.S. Maritime Administration

101

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Yes, It's Time to Refresh Your Brand and Up Your Marketing Game
Christina Villiott, Elliott Bay Design Group
Jayne Russell, Trans4Media

102

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
How to Cope with Marine Events 
CDR Nicolette Vaughan, Sector New York, United States Coast Guard
Patrick Murphy, Blue & Gold Fleet
Margo Marks, Beaver Island Boat Co.

103

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

REGULATIONS AND OPERATIONS
Company Security Officer Training: What You Need to Know
Bob Bijur, Island Queen Cruises
Jeff Whitaker, Hudson River Cruises

100

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Hybrid Propulsion Systems for Successful Passenger Ferry Programs
Larry Machak, American Traction Systems
Eric Breen, Marine Interface, Inc.

101

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
The Delicate Act of Handling Your Customers’ Data Integrity
Keith Sherwood, Carus
Steve Bers, Whiteford, Taylor and Preston

102

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
How to Establish a Harbor Safety Committee
Michael Borgstrom, Wendella Sightseeing Boats
Rajiv Khandpur, Office of Waterways and Ocean Policy, United States Coast Guard

103

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Improvements in Mariner Credentialing
CAPT Kirsten Martin, National Maritime Center, United States Coast Guard

100

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
How Our Industry is Impacted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Earnesto Coleman, Hornblower Cruises and Events

101

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Innovative Battery Technologies Roundtable

Battery Technology 2.0: The Future of Hybrid and Full Electric Vessels
Gordon Fry, Spear Power Systems
Stanley DeGeus, SAFT

Design Considerations for Hybrid and Full Electric Systems
Ed Vaughn, DeJong & Lebet
LCDR Chad J. Robuck, Marine Safety Center, United States Coast Guard

From Geared Diesel to All Electric - Evaluating Alternatives
Will Moon, Glosten

102

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Mariner Medical Fitness – Company Responsibilities
Dave Anderson, Fire Island Ferries, Inc.
Jim Swindler, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District

103

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

President’s Closing Dinner and Awards Ceremony
PVA Hall of Fame Award Ceremony

Sponsored by MTU America, Inc.

Note: The Georgia Queen will be located across the river from the Westin at the River Street Riverboat Company dock on River Street.
Boarding at River Street: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Cruise from River Street: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Georgia Queen