PVA elects 2011 president, board members

2/18/2011

ST LOUIS - Members of the Passenger Vessel Association elected Capt. Jay Spence, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Boston, Mass., as PVA President for 2011 during the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2011, held here.

Capt. Spence is General Manager of Massachusetts Bay Lines, Boston’s oldest year-round commuter service operating five vessels offering sightseeing cruises, private charters and whale watching cruises. In addition, Capt. Spence is the owner and president of the India Wharf Marina, a 50-slip pleasure boat marina in downtown Boston. He is a member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Boston Harbor Association, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the U.S. Propeller Club, Sector Boston Port Operator’s Group, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Boston Area Maritime Security Committee.

Massachusetts Bay Lines has been an active member of PVA since 1978, and Capt. Spence served two three-year terms on the PVA Board of Directors, and served as PVA Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. He was Chair of the PVA Original Colonies Region from 1992 to 2002 and has been a member of the PVA Safety and Security Committee since 1996.

PVA members elected Vice President Paul C. Belforti, as well. He is the senior vice president of operations for Entertainment Cruises with headquarters in Chicago. Entertainment Cruises operates Spirit Cruises, Odyssey Cruises, and Seadog Ventures and has a fleet of 24 vessels comprising 19 dining vessels—including fine dining, casual dining, private yacht charters and European-style glass dining vessels--and six tour boats in Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore and Norfolk, VA.

Mr. Belforti has served as a member of the PVA Board of Directors and most recently was PVA Secretary-Treasurer.  He has held various senior management/entrepreneurial/executive positions in the hospitality, retail and passenger vessel industry for the past 28 years.

Newly elected Secretary-Treasurer Carolyn Horgan is vice president of operations at Blue and Gold Fleet in San Francisco and has been in the maritime industry since 1973. Ms. Horgan also worked at Red and White Fleet in San Francisco for 24 years in marketing and operations before joining Blue & Gold in 1997.

Blue and Gold Fleet operates 16 vessels in ferry and excursion services in the Bay Area. The company is under contract to the cities of Alameda and Vallejo to operate ferry service to San Francisco.

Ms. Horgan served as chair of the PVA Western Region for three years and has been a PVA Board member for the past six years.

PVA members also elected Dave Anderson, Fire Island Ferries, Inc., Bay Shore, NY and Jeff Whitaker, Hudson River Cruises, Inc., Kingston, New York to continuing three-year terms on the PVA Board of Directors.  Dan Lacek, Gateway Clipper Fleet, Pittsburgh, PA was also elected to a three-year term on the PVA Board.


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