b'LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 ADVERTISERS INDEXIn addition, the following individ- vessel and associate, for a total of 604 ual was elected to the PVA Board ofmembers.ABB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38Directors: Ben Bernstein, BB Riverboats,These new members were addedAll American Marine . . . . . . . . . . . . .23Newport, KY to PVAs membership rolls under theArcadia Alliance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40Congratulations to the new PVAguidance of the PVA MembershipArmstrong Marine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42Officers and Board Member. Committee, chaired by Hannah RothBAE Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9and Suzanne Krug, Gateway ClipperBay Ship and Yacht . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35A Very Successful PVA Convention Fleet, Pittsburgh, PA. This success isBeurteaux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26in Tampa the result of a great deal of planning,Blount Boats Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32Warm weather, sunny skies and amarketing, and just plain hard work.BMT Designers & Planners, Inc . . . . . 24packed convention greeted attendees inWhile we are pleased with ourBurger Boat Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Tampa for the PVA Annual Conventionsuccess last year, we know that in orderCarus Ferry Ab Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33at MariTrends 2020. PVA Vessel andto remain strong as an association, weCaterpillar Marine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31Associate members from all cornersmust continue to work to attract moreCummins Sales & Service . . . . . . . . .20of the U.S. and Canada took part innew members. You can assist us in thisDejong and Lebet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45a convention that featured nearlyeffort. The most effective membershipDriveline Service of Portland, Inc . . . . 41100 seminars and special events.sales tool that we have is PVA membersePayment America . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39Convention attendees took part intelling others of the benefits of our asso- FareHarbor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43a variety of sessions on sales andciation. If you know of an individual orFreedman Seating Company . . . . . . . 31marketing, vessel operations, security,company who would benefit from PVAFuruno USA, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45green practices and more.membership, please let me know. WeGPLINK LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17A record-breaking MariTrendswill be sure to follow-up. Hamilton Jet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272020 featured the exhibits of 118 loyalmember PVA member vendors andJoin Us for the PVA CongressionalHUMPHREEUSA LLC . . . . . . . . . . . .29suppliers. As always, the MariTrendsFly-In IMTRA Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37exhibit floor was the gathering place forPlans are underway for our annualJohn Deere Power Systems . . . . . . . . .28the convention and attendees took partPVA Congressional Fly-In on April 28Kobelt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20there in receptions and social events,here in Washington DC. This importantKongsberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30a Passenger Vessel Foundation fund- annual event brings together a wideLancer Insurance Company/MOPS . .36raising competition, a variety of edu- variety of PVA members from through- Lay Pitman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38cational sessions, an exhibit hall lunch,out the country who spend a busyListen Technologies Canadaand keynote speeches from industryday on Capitol Hill visiting MembersCorporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15experts. of Congress and Congressional andMarine Jet Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34Special thanks go to Troy and JillCommittee staff members. Each ofMCM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32Manthey of Yacht Starship Cruisesthese meetings is intended to bringMER Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43and Events for all of their assistance infocus to the key issues of importance toMetal Shark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2making this convention such a hugePVA members. Motor Services Hugo Stamp . . . . . . . . 7success. In addition, they generouslyI encourage you to join us for thisMTU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47provided complimentary water taxiimportant PVA activity. I assure youNichols Bros. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44Propspeed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27transportation throughout the conven- that you will come away feeling that ittion for all attendees aboard their Piratewas time well spent. RigidizedMetals Corporation . . . . . . 41Water Taxis. In the meantime, I hope that youRW Fernstrum Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16If you attended or exhibited at thewill let me know whenever we can beScania USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21convention this year, I hope that youof assistance you.Siemens Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . 42benefited as a result. We look forwardSt. Johns Ship Building Inc. . . . . . . . .13to seeing you at the PVA AnnualSincerely, Starboard Suite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25Convention at MariTrends 2021,Timco Marine Equipment . . . . . . . . . .19February 6-9, 2021 in Portland, OR.Torqeedo, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26Twin Disc, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48Record Membership Growth for 2019 UES Seating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12Membership is what makes PVAJohn R. Groundwater Volvo Penta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11strong and 2019 was a record-breakingExecutive Director n West Marine Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16year for new members. PVA addedWheelHouse Technologies, Inc. . . . . .2370 new companies last year, bothZF Marine Propulsion SystemsMiramar, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4046MARCH 2020FOGHORN'