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  • 21 Apr 2015 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    MARITIME EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT !

    We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday for our Third AGM!
    Official notice for the AGM is here.

    Be sure to bring any ideas or suggestions you might have with you for discussion.


    Part I
    Annual Meeting of the Members at 6:30 PM
    Open to Current Paid YSPNY Members
    Complimentary drink to those current members arriving in time to vote!


    1) Call to Order

    2) President's Remarks

    3) Financial Results

    4) Report of the Nominating Committee

    5) Election of Directors

    6) New Business and Proposals From Members

    7) General Discussion

    8) Adjournment

    The Nominating Committee has proposed that the following persons be reelected Directors of the Corporation for the 2015/16 year, or until such time as their respective successors have been chosen:

    1. Greg Chase
    2. Kerry Kirk
    3. Alexis Lemon-Zakou
    4. James Lightbourn
    5. George Pierot
    6. Evan Sproviero
    7. Arjun Thampan
    8. Sofia Vassilakis


    Part II
    Networking Social at 7:00 PM
    Open to general membership


    Please be sure to attend our first joint event with WISTA!

  • 17 Apr 2015 11:51 AM | Anonymous

    You may have noticed we have begun reminding our members who are not current with their dues to take the time to renew their membership. Having these funds allows YSPNY to continue to offer great events!

    We are currently planning our June Summer Party (coinciding with Marine Money Week) and we promise it will be amazing!

    We look forward to seeing you for the YSPNY AGM on April 22nd, followed by our first joint Networking Social with WISTA! The First Drink is on us if you arrive in time to vote!

    **You must be a current (paid) member to participate in the AGM portion of the evening!**

    The official notice for the AGM is available for your reading pleasure here. The agenda will be circulated next week.

    Register HERE for the AGM/Networking Social!

    As always, if your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities please email us.

    More information on all events in the tri-state area is available on our website here. If you have an event you would like us to list please contact us.


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    1) YSPNY AGM  / YSPNY-WISTA Networking Social on April 22nd at the Galway Pub. A brief meeting for which current paid membership status is required (6:30 pm) will be followed by our usual Networking Social (7pm). Registration is open here.

    2) Time Charters and Voyage Charters Book Launch on April 29th at 5:30 pm at the offices of Blank Rome. Additional information available here.

    3) CMA Annual General Meeting on April 30th at 12pm. Additional information available here.

    4) "Seven Days in May: Resolving Your Arbitration Insecurities", a one day event by the Maritime Consortium on May 1st at the Scandinavia House. Registration is open here.

    5) WISTA AGM on May 15th at Seward and Kissel's offices in NYC. Additional conference information and registration instructions available here.

    6) CMA Spring Golf Outing on May 18th at Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford.  Additional information available here.
  • 10 Apr 2015 11:50 AM | Anonymous

    Now that things have calmed down after the CMA Conference, we wanted to thank everyone who attended our joint Monjasa / YSPNY Party! It was an incredible turnout and the festivities continued until the wee hours of the morning!


                       


    Our first ever Job Fair was also a success! We offered helpful advise (so we hope!) to students from Maine, Massachussets, and Fort Schuyler Maritime schools!



                            



    We look forward to seeing you for the YSPNY AGM on April 22nd, followed by our first joint Networking Social with WISTA! The First Drink is on us if you arrive in time to vote!

    Register HERE for the AGM/Networking Social!

    As always, if your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities please email us.

    More information on all events in the tri-state area is available on our website here. If you have an event you would like us to list please contact us.


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    1) NYMAR AGM on April 14th. Additional information available here.

    2) YSPNY AGM  / YSPNY-WISTA Networking Social on April 22nd at the Galway Pub. A brief meeting for which current paid membership status is required (6:30 pm) will be followed by our usual Networking Social (7pm). Registration is open here.

    3) Time Charters and Voyage Charters Book Launch on April 29th at 5:30 pm at the offices of Blank Rome. Additional information available here.

    4) CMA Annual General Meeting on April 30th at 12pm. Additional information available here.

    5) "Seven Days in May: Resolving Your Arbitration Insecurities", a one day event by the Maritime Consortium on May 1st at the Scandinavia House. Registration is open here.

    6) WISTA AGM on May 15th at Seward and Kissel's offices in NYC. Additional conference information and registration instructions available here.

    7) CMA Spring Golf Outing on May 18th at Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford.  Additional information available here.
  • 20 Mar 2015 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    We hope you are enjoying the Spring Snow!


    A quick reminder about the CMA Conference: be sure to stop by our first Job Fair on Tuesday, March 24th (between 5:30-7:30). There is still time to volunteer; contact us!


    And after the Job Fair, we look forward to seeing everyone at the YSPNY / Monjasa Party! It is sure to be the best party of the CMA!



    Save the date for the YSPNY AGM on April 22nd!

    As always, if your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities please email us.

    More information on all events in the tri-state area is available on our website here. If you have an event you would like us to list please contact us.


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    1) Capital Link's 9th Annual International Shipping and Offshore Forum on March 23rd at the Metropolitan Club. Additional information is available here. Attendance is complimentary for qualifying individuals.

    2) CMA Shipping 2015 from March 23rd - 25th at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford. Program information available on the conference website here.
    **Don't miss the WISTA Luncheon on the 23rd, the Job Fair on the 24th and the Gala Dinner on the 25th!

    3) ASBA / Baltic Reception on March 23rd at the Hudson Grille, Stamford. RSVP by today! Additional information available here. There is a fee if you are not a member.

    4) YSPNY / Monjasa Party in Conjunction with CMA on March 24th at 7pm. Additional information and registration instructions available here.

    5) SMA Monthly Luncheon on April 8th. Details to Follow. This will be the last luncheon until the Fall.

    6) NYMAR AGM on April 14th. Additional information available here.

    7) YSPNY AGM on April 22nd at the Galway Pub. A short meeting for which paid membership is required will be followed by our usual Networking Social. Further details to follow. Registration is open here.

  • 13 Mar 2015 11:48 AM | Anonymous

    We hope you are enjoying the spring weather!

    There are so many events coming up in the next few months! We have some great ideas for the spring/summer season in addition to what is listed below, so be sure to check our website often!

    This is also a perfect time of year to check your membership status and to renew if you haven't had a chance to do so already. We will be sending out formal reminders on membership renewals in the next few weeks.

    We are excited about our first Job Fair participation at the CMA Conference. If you are will be at the Conference on Tuesday, March 24th and would like to volunteer your time (between 5:30-7:30) please contact us!

    We look forward to seeing everyone at the YSPNY / Monjasa Party on March 24th! It is sure to be the best party of the CMA!
    **Don't forget to RSVP by March 16th here!**

    YSPNY is proud to add Monjasa and McAllister Towing this month as supporting organizations for 2015!


    Finally, save the date for the YSPNY AGM on April 22nd!


    As always, if your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities please email us.

    More information on all events in the tri-state area is available on our website here. If you have an event you would like us to list please contact us.


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    1) The NY Harbor Foundation's Harbor School Awards Dinner on March 18th at 6pm. Additional information is available here. If you are interested in tickets please contact the group directly here.

    2) Capital Link's 9th Annual International Shipping and Offshore Forum on March 23rd at the Metropolitan Club. Additional information is available here. Attendance is complimentary for qualifying individuals.

    3) CMA Shipping 2015 from March 23rd - 25th at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford. Program information available on the conference website here.
    **Don't miss the WISTA Luncheon on the 23rd, the Job Fair on the 24th and the Gala Dinner on the 25th!

    4) ASBA / Baltic Reception on March 23rd at the Hudson Grille, Stamford. RSVP by today! Additional information available here. There is a fee if you are not a member.

    5) YSPNY / Monjasa Party in Conjunction with CMA on March 24th at 7pm. Additional information and registration instructions available here.

    6) SMA Monthly Luncheon on April 8th. Details to Follow. This will be the last luncheon until the Fall.

    7) NYMAR AGM on April 14th. Additional information available here.

    8) YSPNY AGM on April 22nd at the Galway Pub. A short meeting for which paid membership is required will be followed by our usual Networking Social. Further details to follow. Registration is open here.

  • 27 Feb 2015 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    We hope you had an excellent month!

    YSPNY reminds you that on March 5th the New York Harbor Foundation will be launching their new young professional group, Harbor35 Crew! The NYHF and Harbor35 Crew aim to increase New Yorkers exposure to the Harbor.

    We would love to see our YSPNY members in attendance at this kickoff event at No.8 in Chelsea. Please use this link to purchase tickets!


    We expect this will be an excellent opportunity for our members to make new connections and to learn how they can become more involved in the work the NYHF does.

    YSPNY will have a table at the 2015 CMA Job Fair (March 24th). We will be there as a resource/reference tool for maritime students.

    We are looking for a handful of volunteers to staff the table from 5:30-7:30. If you are interested please email us!


    Finally, please SAVE THE DATE for our next event, a joint party sponsored by Monjasa on Tuesday March 24th! More details to follow.

    As always, if your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities please email us.

    More information on all events in the tri-state area is available on our website here. If you have an event you would like us to list please contact us.

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    1) The Propeller Club has organized a great event, "Lunch on the Norwegian Breakaway", on March 1st at 10:30 AM. Additional information is available here.

    2) Harbor35 Crew launch part at No.8 on March 5th at 7:30 pm. Additional information available here and tickets can be purchased here.

    3) SMA Monthly luncheon on March 11th. Additional details here.

    4) CMA Annual Shipping Conference March 23- 25th 2015. Official website here. The always-sold-out WISTA luncheon will be on March 23rd at 11:30 AM, and the job fair will be March 24th.

    5) YSPNY - Monjasa Event on Tuesday March 24th! Details to follow.

    6) WISTA USA Annual General Meeting and Conference in NYC May 15th. Additional details and sponsorship information available here.
  • 13 Feb 2015 11:46 AM | Anonymous

    We hope you had an excellent week!

    February has been an important month for YSPNY. On February 05th we had our first Spotlight Supper Series with Fotis Giannakoulis. Fifteen YSPNY members were in attendance for great food, conversation and networking. On February 12th we held our first joint event with the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals. Over 100 members from both groups braved the cold to mingle at the Sky Room Lounge. Both events were part of our "Members Only" Month and our aim to increase our members' exposure and contacts.

    On March 5th the New York Harbor Foundation will be launching their new young professional group, Harbor35 Crew. The NYHF and Harbor35 Crew aim to increase New Yorker's exposure to our amazing Harbor! We would love to see our YSPNY members in attendance at their kickoff event at No.8 in Chelsea. Please use this link to purchase tickets.

    We are excited to announce that YSPNY will have a table at the 2015 CMA Job Fair (March 24th). We will be there as a resource/reference tool for maritime students. More details and how you can help to follow.

    As always, if your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities please email us.

    More information on all events in the tri-state area is available on our website here. If you have an event you would like us to list please contact us.

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    1) SMA Arbitration in New York, a 2 Day Seminar 19-20 February. Additional information and registration form available here.

    2) CMA Monthly Speaker - Rod Jones, CSL Group will be speaking at the Waters Edge at Giovannis on February 26th. Further details here.

    3) The Propeller Club has organized a great event, "Lunch on the Norwegian Breakaway" on March 1st at 10:30 AM. Additional information is available here.

    4) SMA Monthly luncheon on March 11th. Details to follow.

    5) CMA Annual Shipping Conference March 23- 25th 2015. Official website here. The always-sold-out WISTA luncheon will be on March 23rd at 11:30 AM, and the job fair will be March 24th.

    6) WISTA USA Annual General Meeting and Conference in NYC May 15th. Additional details and sponsorship information available here.
  • 16 Jan 2015 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    We were so pleased with the turn out at last week's party - nearly 100 YSPNY and YSBA members braved the freezing temperatures to kickoff 2015 with us! Pictures are available for your viewing pleasure here, and on our Facebook page.

    As we hinted in last week's newsletter, we are proud to introduce our Spotlight Supper Series. Our first guest of honor will be Fotis Giannakoulis, the well-known maritime analyst from Morgan Stanley.

    This will be a members only event.  Space is very limited; our goal is to host an intimate dinner with excellent conversation and of course great food. Additional information/registration here. The menu is also available.

    This would be a great time to review and renew your YSPNY membership status!

    February will be "Members Month"
    and our monthly networking social will also be...Members Only.

    As always, if your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities please email us.

    More information on all events in the tri-state area is available on our website here. If you have an event you would like us to list please contact us.

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    1) CMA Monthly Luncheon at Giovanni's (Stamford) on January 22nd at 12:00pm. Additional details available here.

    2) YSPNY Supper Spotlight with Fotis Giannakoulis on February 05th at 7:30pm at Pera Restaurant. Additional details and registration here.

    3) ASBA AGM at the Harvard Club on February 05th at 6:30pm. Additional details available here.

    4) SMA Monthly Luncheon on February 11th at 12:00pm. Additional details to follow.

    5) YSPNY (Members Only) February Networking Social on February 12th at 6:30pm. Additional details to follow.

  • 09 Jan 2015 3:06 PM | Anonymous
     
    YSPNY - Member Profile
     
     
     
     
    January
    2015
    YSPNY - NEWSLETTER
     
     
     


    Dear Member

    Welcome to our First Newsletter! Once a month we will be using this space to spotlight a member, a sponsor, share interesting maritime stories...and much more!

    We would like to thank everyone who made it to the YSPNY/YSBA post-holiday party at Sidebar last night. We had an incredible turnout even with the freezing temperatures! We expect to have the pictures uploaded next week.

    The YSPNY Board is really excited for 2015; we've made a commitment to offer new events and initiatives to the community. Some of these will be on a smaller scale allowing us to better cater to your interests. We will be adding more volunteer opportunities, exposure to conferences and other groups, and of course frequent and fun Networking Socials (ie Happy Hours!).

    One goal we feel strongly about is offering our members a chance to interact with industry leaders in a more relaxed setting.  We are pleased to announce that in early February we are hosting an intimate dinner with Fotis Giannakoulis of Morgan Stanley (more details to come).

    Also, we will be publishing YSPNY Member Profiles on a monthly basis in 2015- the first profile is below! We will be introducing different sectors of the industry including; Agency, Bunker Brokers, Analysts, etc. YSPNY is so fortunate to have such diverse and talented members and we can't wait to share your stories.

    As always, if your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact us here.

    Please check our calendar for up to date maritime event information in the tri-state area.

                         

     
    Profile 1: Chartering Desk - Owner
    YSPNY Member: Liybov "Lee" Bilas

    Can you explain your company and what you do within it? 

    I work for NYK Bulkship Atlantic NV. NYK is a Japanese shipping company that has been in business since 1885. Today NYK is one of the leading global shipping companies with a presence in various aspects of transportation such as: cruise lines, liner, LNG, tanker and dry-bulk sectors. We have over 55,000 employees and offices worldwide. 

    I work at the NYK NJ office in dry-bulk chartering, handling the daily trading of bulk vessels, mostly in Atlantic. 


    What was your route into shipping? Did you always have an interest in transportation or was it something else that led you to the shipping sector? 

    As is the case for most people for whom maritime is not the family business I got into maritime by accident! I studied business as undergrad and when I was applying for universities one of my professors suggested Maritime School since they offer a “Transportation and Trade” degree. I thought I would study international business but ended up learning about rail, trucks, TEU, intermodals and Malcolm Maclean.  After my first semester when I tried to escape and transfer to a business school no other school would accept the credits I had earned, so I decided to stay. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. 


    Where did you go to school and where did you work prior to now?

    Ft. Schuyler University, Suny Maritime College 

    Do you have any advice for students looking to get into the shipping industry? 

    I suppose my advice would be to be patient and respectful. Shipping is huge global industry but the professional community is rather small, and everyone knows everyone. So remember that your word is your bond. In maritime, more than in any other industry, your reputation is your most valuable asset. 

    Can you walk us through your normal day?

    It's really difficult to define a "typical" day..my day can start anywhere from 3 am to 9 am depending on how busy we are!

    Basically, the main part of my day is information gathering and then using that information effectively. If I am trying to fix a vessel, the first thing I do is touch base with the vessel's agents, captain, and our operations team to see if there have been any changes in her schedule. At the same time I am checking the day's market reports to determine what has already happened in other parts of the world that may influence our position. I also reach out to our brokers as they know what's "really" going on that day in the market; what's open, what was fixed, etc.

    When I have all of this information I can circulate my ship on the market, and make my calculations in search of the best available business. When I have found the right business, the next step is the negotiations...if the business fails I  get to start all over again the next day. Of course that really means starting over since the market will likely have total changed overnight!

    It can be exhausting at times, but also very rewarding. There is a lot of excitement, and don't forget how tightknit our part of the industry is...In 15 minutes I can speak with brokers, agents, and captains all over the world. Over the years many of these people have become true friends.

    Name anyone in the industry that has influenced you throughout your career? 

    There are many people who influence me on a daily basis and I’m still learning. But the most influential person would be my boss and mentor, Patrick Brennan. By example he taught me when to listen, when to be firm, when to be patient and when it’s time to start fighting. 

    What NYC (or tri-state area) neighborhood do you call home? 

    Westchester, NY 

    What do you like to do during your off-time? 

    Travel, be with my family, watch my daughter play sports, walk my dog, hike, read books, learn new languages and support the world economy by chronically shopping in every country I visit.. 

    What is your favorite(s) you can answer all or a few, whichever you prefer?

    Book – one of the best books of 2014 that I read was “THE BOYS IN THE BOAT” by Daniel James Brown, great inspiring & motivating 

    TV shows – “Supernatural”, “Walking Dead”, “That 70th show” or anything else that you can watch on a plane 
    Movies – “Sliding Doors” 
    Restaurant – anywhere a good martini is served 

     

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    Special thanks to Lee for being our first member profile. This profile is now on our website so you can check it out there too!


  • 12 Dec 2014 12:53 PM | Anonymous
    We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are now ready for the final round of Holiday Parties!

    On that note, YSPNY is pleased to announce our joint holiday party with YSBA on January 08th 2015 from 6:30-9:30pm at SideBAR Lounge (conveniently located for all of our Stamford guests one stop from Grand Central).

    We are excited to be partnering again with YSBA for what is sure to be an amazing evening.

    Please be sure to RSVP here!
    This would be a great time to review your YSPNY membership status!




    As always, if your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities please email us.

    More information on all events in the tri-state area is available on our website here. If you have an event you would like us to list please contact us.

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    1) CMA Holiday Party at 65 Bank St. in Stamford, CT on December 16th from 6-10 pm. This event is not one to miss - there will be great food and drinks and there is always a great crowd! Don't forget to bring a gift to donate to Toys for Tots. This event is free of charge to CMA members and their guests. More information on CMA's website.

    For those hesitant about making the trip from NYC, worry not! A group of us will be meeting at Grand Central Station to take the 5:26 pm train to the event, arriving in Stamford at 6:13 pm (tentative ETD). If you are interested in joining us on the train please email us and let us know if you have different time constraints and what your CMA membership status is.

    WE WILL NOT BE WAITING FOR YOU IF YOU DON'T EMAIL US!

    2) Propeller Club of NY/NJ Holiday Party at Joshua Tree on December 17th.  Drinks specials and appetizers will be available from 5:30-11 pm.

    3) YSPNY Holiday Party January 08th at SideBAR Lounge 118 East 15th Street and Irving Place.

     
      Sincerely,

    Young Shipping Professionals of New York
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