Members of the Alexandria, Va.-based Passenger Vessel Association elected Paul C. Belforti, Entertainment Cruises, Chicago, Inc., president for 2012 during the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2012 in Portland, Ore.
Newly elected officers also include PVA Vice President Carolyn Horgan, Blue and Gold Fleet, San Francisco, and PVA Secretary-Treasurer Terri Bernstein, BB Riverboats, Newport, Ky.
Belforti has worked in various management/entrepreneurial/executive capacities in the hospitality, retail and passenger vessel industries for 28 years. Early in his career he served in management roles in the rent-a-car business in Ohio, New York, and New England.
Belforti has served in the capacity of general manager and regional director for Spirit Cruises both for the Boston operation and for Spirit Cruises corporate functions as well. Currently, and since the formation of Entertainment Cruises Inc. in 2006, he serves as senior vice president of operations and is based out of the company’s headquarters in Chicago.
Entertainment Cruises operates Spirit Cruises, Odyssey Cruises, and Seadog Ventures and has a fleet of 25 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, D.C., Baltimore and Norfolk, Va.
Prior to being elected PVA president, Belforti has served as a PVA board member for the past five years, including one term as PVA secretary-treasurer and one term as PVA vice president.
Belforti resides in northern Illinois with his wife, Joi, and their two children, Max and Kyle.
Horgan has worked in the maritime industry since 1973. She worked at Red and White Fleet in San Francisco for 24 years where she held positions of increasing responsibility including marketing manager and operations manager. Horgan has worked for Blue & Gold Fleet since 1997 where she is the vice president of operations.
Horgan has served as PVA board member for the past seven years, including one term as PVA secretary-treasurer. She also served for three years as the chair of the PVA Western Region.
Horgan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Jon. They have two sons, Hugh and Andrew.
Capt. Terri Bernstein is vice president of operations of BB Riverboats, a third-generation, family-owned business that is the oldest riverboat company in the Greater Cincinnati Ohio Region. Founded in 1979 by Bernstein’s grandfather Ben Bernstein and her father Alan Bernstein, BB Riverboats owns three vessels that offer sightseeing cruises, dinner cruises and specialty cruises. Her company also operates an off-premise catering company. Bernstein works closely in the business with her brother Ben, mother Mary, father Alan, and even with her 3-year-old daughter Emma.
Bernstein graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1998 and started working full-time in the family business immediately after graduation. She earned her 100-ton captain’s license in 2006. Bernstein has served on the PVA board for two three-year terms, served as PVA’s Rivers Region chairman and is currently chairman of the PVA Membership Committee. BB Riverboats has been a member of PVA since 1979.
PVA members also elected Bob Lawler, Entertainment Cruises, Boston, to the PVA board. Margo Marks, Beaver Island Boat Co., Charlevoix, Mich., Walt Webster, Dubuque River Rides, Dubuque, Iowa, and Dan Yates, American Waterways Inc., Portland, Ore., were elected to serve second terms on the board.
In addition, the PVA Associate Council elected Carl Micu, John Deere Power Systems, Waterloo, Iowa, as the associate member representative to the PVA board.