b'PERSPECTIVEthis was the right decision for me and I was extremely excited to make my wayAbout the Author:down to Virginia and get involved with PVAs projects. When I arrived at theCasey Tucker is a cadet at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is expected to graduate in 2020 with a offi ce, it was full of familiar faces whichdegree in international maritime business. He spent six made the transition that much easier.weeks as a PVA intern. I was put to work right away with fa-miliarizing myself with the Conception legislation, which was a focus of mine throughout the internship. I spent time working on all topics regarding mem-bership, convention preparation, as well as developing a template of theproudFreedom of Information Act (FOIA)125+ years of exceptional service and quality.Improvement Act of 2016. I discoveredDedicated Engineering and Customer Service support memberthat everyone in the offi ce comes fromRegional sales people throughout the US and coastal areas PassengerVesselAssociationa different background ranging fromNew products to meet any vessel configurationCapitol Hill to the Coast Guard, whichAll seats meet requirements of IMO HSC Codeis extremely important when it comes to the type of work that PVA does. Everyone plays a vital and individual role in each project and this is a major reason why they work so efficiently together. This efficiency is put to the test every year as the PVA staff prepares for their Annual Convention atCatalina VersatileOptions Valencia GenoaFlipSeat &Accessories AluminumSeat SeatMariTrends. This year, MariTrends 2020 was hosted in Tampa, FL. As aSUPPLYINGMAJORCITIES,BUILDERSANDOPERATORSACROSSNORTHAMERICANew England native, you can imagineWWW.FREEDMANSEATING.COM | (800) 443-4540my excitement to get out of the cold even if it was only for a short week. Its extremely beneficial as an intern to be involved with the preparation of the event as well as acting as an outlet for our members to ask questions and make requests. This was one of the many ways PVA made me feel part ofRELAX. THIS JOURNEYS the team from the very start. I always felt as if my input was valued andPOWERED BY CATERPILLAR.taken into consideration, which was important to me. The convention was well attended by members from acrossWhen your cargo can talk, the stakes are high. When you choose Caterpillar, you dont have to worry about the United States as well as Canada.meeting your passengers high expectations for The exposure to so many differentreliable, safe, clean operation. Our engines set the people and businesses throughout thestandard, so everyone can sit back and enjoy the ride.industry is an experience that not many interns are able to have.Learn more about our Ferry As my internship with PVA hasand Cruise solutionsnow concluded, Ive had some time to refl ect on my appreciation for the staff and members for welcoming me and sharing their stories. Thank you all for your time and hospitality and I wishFor more information, visit www.cat.com/marineyou nothing but the best. I hope our 2020 Caterpillar. All Rights Reserved. CAT, CATERPILLAR, LETS DO THE WORK, their respective logos, Caterpillar Yellow, the Power Edge and Cat Modern Hex trade dress as well as corporate and product identity used herein, are trademarks of Caterpillar and may not be used without permission.paths will meet again. nMARCH 2020FOGHORN 31'