Angela Chao, Deputy Chair of Foremost Group, will be speaking at the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Shipping 2015 Conference, to be held on March 23-25 at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. In spite of its name, the CMA Conference is actually the largest international gathering of shipping industry leaders in the world. And, the CMA is the largest international maritime association in the United States, which has been producing a conference and trade exhibition for 30 years.
Shipping 2015 will run over three days and is expected to include more than 2,500 attendees, with 14 panel discussions that follow the conference’s overarching theme; “Tradition: Celebrating the best, improving the rest”.
On March 25th Angela Chao will participate in an afternoon panel discussion on the topic of “Generational Shift” . Joining her on the panel will be: Vassals Kertsikoff, Chairman and CEO of Eletson Gas LLC, Phrixos B. Papachristidis, CEO and Managing Director of Hellespont Ship Management GMBH & Co. KG, Fritz Heidenreich, President and CEO of Q88 LLC, and Nikolas P. Tsakos, President and CEO of Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. and Chairman of INTERTANKO. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dagfinn Lunde, Chairman of Executive Ship Management.
These top industry leaders will offer their views and insights in a lively discussion that considers how the shipping sector has evolved.
Some of the questions Ms Chao can anticipate from the panel moderator include:
• What did your father teach you? Was it right?
• What have you taught him?
• How would you build your business today? Would it be shipping?
Following the main points of the discussion, the moderator may ask the panellists to comment on current trending issues in the industry, such as China, the price of energy, public vs. private business, and other topics sure to illicit much good conversation among attendees.
Shipping 2015 will be attended by maritime experts from across the globe, from government officials to industry leaders, all of whom will come together to discuss the future and strategic direction of the shipping industry. In addition to the panel discussions, there will be more than 100 exhibitor booths, where maritime industry and association representatives will be able to promote their services and areas of specialism.
Shipping 2015 enjoys the support of dozen of the world’s most prominent maritime organizations, helping to make the event a high-quality experience for attendees. Supporters include: The Baltic Exchange, Chamber of Shipping of America, Maritime Industry Foundation, Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, and the Women’s International Shipping & Trade Association, among a host of others.
A gala awards dinner that will take place on the final day of the conference will be the social highlight of Shipping 2015. Among the awards given during the dinner is the prestigious Commodore Award, which this year will be presented to Capt. Panagiotis N. Tsakos, founder of the Tsakos Group. The award is given annually to a member of the international maritime community who has demonstrated an outstanding level of vision, leadership and commitment to the advancement of the shipping industry. Tsakos joins an illustrious list of previous Commodore Award winners, such as Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, Angelika Frangou, Ole Skaarup, and last year, Robert Bugbee.