b'LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORPVA Loses Leaders, in the marketplace, which underpins our Looks Ahead to Future membership recruitment efforts, has been built upon the efforts of PVAs current and I am saddened to report to you that thatpast leaders and volunteers who have, year-PVA has lost two respected individuals whoafter-year, helped develop programs, products provided valuable leadership and guidanceand tools to assist members in fine-tuning and for the association via their participation asimproving their businesses.We are looking PVA Presidents and Committee Chairs.forward to a strong finish for PVA member-Captain Al Circeo PVA Past President, 1996 John Groundwater ship this year.PVA Past President CaptainSummer PVA Dues Billing ProgramAl Circeo passed away inBy now you should have received an Boston this month. Captain Al, ownedinvoice for your 2020 PVA membership dues under the and operated A.C. Cruise Lines for manySummer Billing Program.This program was established years and was involved in dinner boat,many years ago to give PVA members an opportunity to excursion and whale watch operations. Herenew their membership when they were at the height of was a member, and ultimately Chairman,their operating seasons.of the PVA Regulatory Committee. In those roles he con- Your continued support of PVA is extremely important tributed greatly to developing and shaping PVA policyas we tackle issues of importance to you and your business. on a host of important regulatory issues affecting U.S.Your involvement allows the association to maintain a small passenger vessels. His understanding of maritimestrong voice before Congress and the regulatory agencies regulatory matters was unequaled in our industry. Asin Washington D.C. and provides the resources necessary PVA President, Captain Al is credited with championingto maintain and develop new programs and activities that the creation of the Subchapter T and K Manual for PVAsupport PVA member businesses.members and others to use in better understanding andPVA Fall Region Meetings applying these guiding regulations.Illegal Charters, Social Media and Marketing, Changing Darrell Bryan, PVA Past President, 2000 Drug Testing Rules, Identifying, Hiring and Keeping New PVA Past President Darrell Bryan alsoEmployees and other timely topics will be on the agendas passed away in Seattle this month. Darrellfor PVAs Region Meetings this fall. As you know, these was a longtime President and CEO ofPVA meetings will give you the chance to catch-up on Clipper Navigation. He guided Clipperstopics of importance to your business, interact with your evolution from a small start-up to a strongindustry peers and exchange information and insights.participant in travel and tourism in theFollowing is PVAs line up of region meetings; I hope that Pacific Northwest and Canada. He was a visible fixtureyou will attend:in the Seattle maritime community and was recognizedSeptember 23-24,November 4-6, 2019nationwide for his knowledge and expertise in passengerPVA Southeast RegionPVA Original Colonies vessel and ferry operations. As PVA President, DarrellMeeting Region Meetingchampioned the development of PVAs monthly magazineHilton St. Augustine Aboard Potomac Riverboat FOGHORN helping to take it from a black and white news- Historic Bayfront Companys Cherry Blossomletter to its current glossy, 4-color format. As Chairman ofSt. Augustine, FL The Alexandrianthe PVA Insurance Committee, Darrell worked tirelessly toOctober 23-25, 2019 Alexandria, VAensure that PVA members had continuous access to qualityPVA Great Lakes November 14-15, 2019marine insurance.Region Meeting PVA Rivers Region MeetingCaptain Al Circeo and Darrell Bryan have contributedHotel Chicago Hosted by BB Riverboatsgreatly to the evolution of our association. Their leadershipChicago, IL Rivers Edgehas helped set PVA on a positive path for the future.October 28-30, 2019 at Newport LandingContinuing Growth of PVA Membership PVA Western RegionHampton Inn & Suites While 2018 was a banner year in terms of membershipMeeting Newport/Cincinnatigrowth for PVA, 2019 is thus far outstripping last yearsHyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Newport, KYperformance in a big way. Much of this growth is due toIncline Village, NVongoing industry health along with regular marketingSpecial thanks to our generous region meeting sponsors. and outreach activities targeting prospective memberWe appreciate your loyal support.companies. In addition, the credibility of our association EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CONTINUED ON PAGE 42SEPTEMBER 2019FOGHORN 5'