b'FOGHORNFOCUS:CONVENTION REVIEWLeft: Kerry Spence and PVA Past President Jay Spence (seated, right) check out new vessel seating options at MariTrends 2020. Middle: David Matsuda discusses the small shipyard grant program. Right: LCDR Laura Springer. Left: PVA Board of Directors. Right: John Waterhouse.At the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2020, anexchange ideas, and resolve issues facing the passenger after hours welcome reception near the convention centervessel industry. This show has a congenial atmosphere that and two receptions in the MariTrends 2020 exhibit hall wereencourages PVA members to engage in meaningful conver-excellent forums for members to chat. A special session forsations and strengthen professional relationships. Along first-time attendees to learn more about all the PVA offerswith the exhibit booths, MariTrends was also the hub for them as well as guidance on how to make the most of theinteractive educational sessions, general sessions, cocktail convention, also provided a chance for these newbies toreceptions, award presentations, a lunch, prize drawings, introduce themselves and meet staff, Board members, andthe PVA Region competition and Foundation silent auction, other PVA members in a small setting.as well as the first-ever PVA Emerging Leaders Fantail Talks.And, instead of the traditional closing banquet filled with speeches, this year, a fun-filled night called Rock the YachtPassenger Vessel Foundationended the convention on a high note. Held aboard the YachtThe Passenger Vessel Foundation supports the passenger Starship, an excellent dinner was offered through severalvessel industry in a number of ways, including offering ed-serving stations on the vessel. And, live music from a coverucational support in the way of grants to individuals who band featuring popular songs left partygoers singing alongare interested in pursuing a career in the passenger vessel and tapping their feet all evening. industry. The Foundation also supports the Roger Murphy National Marine Safety Award and the Captain Elizabeth MariTrends 2020 Beth Gedney Passenger Vessel Safety Award. The heart of the PVA Annual Convention was, as usual,These efforts are the result of the generous donations the exhibit hall floor. MariTrends 2020 had a record numberfrom PVA members. At the PVA Annual Convention at of exhibitors on site. This is where industry suppliersMariTrends 2020, dozens PVA members helped to raise and service providers met with vessel operators to meet,funds for the Foundation by playing a round of golf in 14MARCH 2020FOGHORN'