b'LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORPVA Members Elect New Leaders inspected vessels and several uninspected vessels, which accommodate from six to 400 During the PVA Annual Convention atpassengers.His organization also owns and MariTrends 2020 in Tampa last month, PVAoperates a 200-seat waterfront dining estab-members elected a new slate of PVA officers,lishment.along with a new member of the PVA BoardBobs background is in hospitality and of Directors.he was on the opening team of a nationally acclaimed restaurant in South Miami in 1974. PVA President, 2020 He has also captained several private yachts. Colleen Stephens, President of StanJohn Groundwater Bob is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises, wasand a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Engineer. elected as PVA President for 2020 during the PVA AnnualHe is also a Florida State licensed Emergency Medical Convention at MariTrends 2020 held February 3-6, 2020Technician, a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, and he in Tampa, FL.instructs CPR for the Professional Rescuer and small craft Colleens career in the maritime industry began at thecertifications. Bob participates in the Local Harbor Safety experienced age of seven as she worked alongside herCommittee and the Area Maritime Security Committee.parents and sisters as they shared the glaciers and wildlifeHe was PVA Secretary-Treasurer for 2019, was a of the Sound with travelers.Through the years, themember of the PVA Board of Directors, served as a PVA company has operated a variety of Subchapter T vesselsSoutheast Region Chair and is a longstanding member of between the ports of Valdez, Whittier and Cordova.Asthe PVA Safety and Security Committee.time progressed and her knowledge of vessel operations grew, Colleens role in the company changed.Today,PVA Secretary-Treasurer, 2020Colleen is involved in all aspects of the company, onJim Swindler has served since 2003 as Deputy General any given day you may find her coordinating the safetyManager of Golden Gate Ferry, a division of the Golden training for the crew and vessels, assisting with routineGate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. drydocks and maintenance, guiding reservation staff, asGolden Gate Ferry provides service on the Bay between well as facilitating the marketing and promotions for theSan Francisco and Marin County, with a fleet of seven company. vessels. The service has grown significantly in recent Stan Stephens Cruises, under Colleens direction,years, with current annual ridership topping 2.5 million not only strives to operate safely and with exceptionalpassenger trips.customer service, they dedicate time to work with localJim came to the Bay Area from the East Coast, where organizations and agencies that focus on protecting Princehe was the Director of Operations at the Woods Hole, William Sound and its wildlife resources. Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority, Colleen served as PVA Vice President for 2019, sheserving more than three million passengers, 500,000 au-was the PVA Secretary-Treasurer in 2018, she served ontomobiles, and 110,000 trucks annually. For six of his the PVA Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017 and is alsothirteen years at the Steamship Authority, Jim also served a member of the PVA Regulatory Committee.In additionas the Engineering/Maintenance Manager.to her time with PVA, Colleen works to maintain a strongPrior to joining the Steamship Authority, Jim served as community and maritime industry in Valdez and AlaskaGeneral Manager of North American Marine Associates, by serving on Valdezs Ports and Harbors Commission,Inc. in Rockland, MA, where he facilitated the growth Valdez Fisheries Development Board of Directors, theof this privately held marine design and engineering Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) Board offirm from 1988-1990. For eight years before that, Jim was Directors and she is the Chair of the Marketing Committeethe Hull and Arrangement Department Head/Senior for ATIA that manages the Alaska tourism marketingDesigner for M. Rosenblatt and Son, Inc., Hingham, MA, program.where he directed the development of structural and PVA members also elected Bob Bijur, Island Queensystem drawings for construction and upgrades for com-Cruises, Miami FL, as PVA Vice President, 2020 and Jimmercial and naval ships. Jim began his maritime career Swindler, Golden Gate Ferry, a division of the Goldenas an apprentice shipbuilder for Quincy Shipbuilding Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, wasDivision with General Dynamics from 1974 to 1981. elected PVA Secretary-Treasurer, 2020. Previously, he served in the United States Air Force, from 1968-1974.He is currently a member of the PVA PVA Vice President, 2020 Board of Directors and is a longtime member of the PVA Bob Bijur has been with Island Queen Cruises forLegislative Committee. the past 25 years. He is one of the partners of Biscayne Lady Yacht Charters.The operation has a fleet of sevenLETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CONTINUED ON PAGE 46MARCH 2020FOGHORN 5'