PVA elects Bernstein new president

During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2014 held in Houston earlier this month, members of the Passenger Vessel Association elected Capt. Terri Bernstein president for 2014.

Bernstein is vice president of operations at BB Riverboats, Newport, Ky., a PVA member since 1979. This third-generation, family-owned business is the oldest riverboat company in Greater Cincinnati. Founded in 1979 by Terri’s grandfather, Ben Bernstein, and her father, Alan Bernstein, BB Riverboats owns three vessels that offer sightseeing, dinner and specialty cruises. Her company also operates an off-premise catering company.

Dave Anderson, general manager and director of operations of Fire Island Ferries, Bay Shore, N.Y., was elected PVA vice president. Fire Island Ferries has been an active member of NAPVO and PVA since its inception. The company has provided passenger service, freight service and water taxi service to Fire Island communities since 1948, and operate 24 Subchapter T and K vessels ranging from six to 400 passengers.

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

Also elected to the PVA Board of Directors:

Gus Gaspardo, Padleford Packet Boat Company, St. Paul, Minn.
David Moseley, Washington State Ferries, Seattle
Jeff Whitaker, Hudson River Cruises, Kingston, N.Y.
Bob Bijur, Island Queen Cruises, Miami

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