PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2018 Program Schedule

Schedule of Events




Program Subject to Change (as of December 12, 2017)
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, United States Coast Guard

Aboard Georgia Queen, River Street Riverboat Co.

11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Westin Savannah

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Working Committee Lunch

Westin Savannah

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PVA Safety and Security Committee Meeting

Westin Savannah

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PVA Legislative Committee Meeting

Westin Savannah

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PVA Regulatory Committee Meeting

Westin Savannah

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

PVA Membership Committee Meeting

Westin Savannah

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-In

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PVA Insurance Committee Meeting

Westin Savannah

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Westin Savannah



Sunday, January 28

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

 

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

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Electronic Charts: What’s On Your Horizon?
Scott Smith, Entertainment Cruises
Greg Gifford, Steamship Authority
Kyle Ward, NOAA Office of Coast Survey

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

EDUCATION SESSION
Dealing with State Legalized Marijuana
Emily Gant, Garvey Shubert Barer

 

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

 

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 Casualties, United States Coast Guard
Peter Lauridsen, Passenger Vessel Association

 

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

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

 

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

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

New Attendee “Get Acquainted” and Convention Orientation

 

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

 

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

PVA Business Meeting

 

3:00 p.m. – 6:30 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
Valerie Barraza, Wendella Sightseeing Boats

 

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

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Mass Rescue Hotwash
Paul Culver, Passenger Vessel Safety Specialist, United States Coast Guard
Tom Gorgol, United States Coast Guard

 

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

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Optimizing Your Website for Conversions and Streamlining Your Day-to-Day Operations
Erika Sternburg, FareHarbor

 

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

 

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

 

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

PVA Past President’s Coffee

 

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 (confirmed)

MBTA Ferries
Peter Duclos, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

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
Brent Crowther, Incat Crowther

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

 

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 (EW confirmed)
Doug Springer, Wilmington Water Tours

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

Rebranding and Your Digital Marketing Strategy 
Jonathan Campbell, Lake Effect Digital 

 

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

PVA Green WATERS Conference
Electrification of Passenger Transport Around the World
Todd Simms, Torqeedo, Inc.

Technology-Hybrid Focus
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

Best Green Business Practices from PVA Green WATERS Participants

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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
Savannah-based insurance representative

 

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

MariTrends 2018 No-Host Cocktail Reception  

 

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

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

PVA REGION MEETINGS

  1. PVA Western Region Meeting
  2. PVA Rivers Region Meeting
  3. PVA Southeast Region Meeting
  4. PVA Original Colonies Region Meeting
  5. PVA Great Lakes Region Meeting

 

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION
Why A Strong U.S. Maritime Industry Is More Important Now than Ever
Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby (USN, Ret.) (invited)
Administrator
United States Maritime Administration

 

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

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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

 

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
David Matsuda, Matsuda Associates

“LUNCH & LEARN” ROUNDTABLE SESSION
New Propulsion Control Automation Testing Policies
Mike McElroy, Wendella Sightseeing Boats

“LUNCH & LEARN” ROUNDTABLE SESSION
Tools for Planning Effective Security Exercises
Steve Froelich, Transportation Security Administration
Tanya Rawson, Transportation Security Administration

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Reasonable Cause Drug Testing
Lee Seham, American Maritime Safety

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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

 

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

PVA Associate Council Meeting

 

 

EDUCATION SESSIONS

 

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

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

 

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

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

 

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

What Drives Traffic and Optimize It
Rhona Bronson, Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Liz Diedrich, Diedrich RPM

 

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

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
What the Latest Buzz on Craft Beer?
Moderator: Eric Christensen, PVA

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

 

5:00 p.m.

MariTrends 2018 Exhibit Hall Closes

MariTrends 2018
Exhibit Hall

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

Leadership Dinner

Sponsored by All American Marine, Inc.

Savannah River Queen



Wednesday, January 31

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

PVA Board of Directors Meeting

 

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Registration Open

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Managing Your Coast Guard Inspection
SPEAKER TBD, United States Coast Guard

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Promoting Gender Equity in the Workplace 
Emily Stier, Doyle Center for Gender and Sexuality, University of Wisconsin

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Challenges Facing Amphibious Operations
Bob Lawler, Boston Duck Tours

 

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

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Illegal Charters Enforcement Strategy
CDR Zeita Merchant, United States Coast Guard
CDR Baxter Smoak, United States Coast Guard

 

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

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Millennials: They Are Up to the Challenge
Morgan Mooney, Fire Island Ferries

 

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

PVA New Technologies Conference

Information Technology & Tech Trends Panel

New Tools for the Toolbox

Emerging Technology in the Maritime Industry

Safety and Reliability of Autonomous Vessels

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

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

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

INTERACTIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
The Capital Construction Fund:  How to Accumulate Dollars for Vessel Construction
Daniel Ladd, U.S. Maritime Administration
INVITE PVA MEMBERS WHO USE CCF

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

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

 

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
The Delicate Act of Handling Your Customers’ Data Integrity
Keith Sherwood, Carus

 

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

 

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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

 

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

 

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, Chief, Engineering Division, USCG Marine Safety Center

 

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

EDUCATION SESSION
What's Hiding in Your Ridership Data?
Will Moon, Glosten

 

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

EDUCATION SESSION
Mariner Medical Fitness – Company Responsibilities
Dave Anderson, Fire Island Ferry
Jim Swindler, Golden Gate Ferry
Luke Harden, United States Coast Guard

 

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

Sponsored by MTU America

Georgia Queen