PVA elects 2014 president, officers and board members

Capt. Terri Bernstein of BB Riverboats in Newport, Ky., will serve as president of the Passenger Vessel Association for 2014. Association officers and board members were elected at the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2014 held in Houston in January.

Bernstein is vice president of operations of BB Riverboats. This third-generation, family-owned business 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. BB Riverboats has been a PVA member since 1979.

Rounding out the slate of PVA officers for 2014 are Dave Anderson of Fire Island Ferries Inc., Bay Shore, N.Y. as vice president and Margo Marks of Beaver Island Boat Co. in Charlevoix, Mich., as secretary treasurer.

Anderson is general manager/director of operations of Fire Island Ferries. The company has provided passenger service, freight service, and water taxi service to Fire Island communities since 1948. They operate 24 subchapter T and K vessels ranging from 6 to 400 passengers. Fire Island Ferries has been an active member of NAPVO and PVA since its inception.

Margo Marks is president/general manager of Beaver Island Boat Co. The company has provided passenger service, vehicle service, and freight service, between Beaver Island and Charlevoix, Mich., since 1984. The first ferry service to the island began in 1890. The company under its present ownership operates two subchapter K vessels with capacity up to 294 passengers and 16 vehicles. The ferry route is 32 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. Beaver Island Boat Co. has been a PVA member since 1990.

Elected to the PVA board of directors were: Gus Gaspardo of Padleford Packet Boat Co. in St. Paul, Minn., David Moseley of Washington State Ferries in Seattle, Jeff Whitaker of Hudson River Cruises in Kingston, N.Y. and Bob Bijur of Island Queen Cruises in Miami.

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