Trade Symposium Attendees
Maritime Banquet Guests
3 Days
of Industry Discussion
& Networking Events

The East Coast’s premier conference for ports, logistics, and trade


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5/2 - Annual Maritime Banquet Attendees FAQ

Pre-order your wine by Friday May 3rd, 3:00 PM to ensure your wine is waiting for you at the table. Wine will also be available for sale during the banquet in hallway outside the ballroom (Credit card only).

Wine Reservation Form

Seating charts will be revealed next week, as we approach the event. It will be made available first through the mobile app, so make sure you donwloaded it! If you have issues signing in or did not recieve an invite with an access link, please contact laura@vamaritime.com

4/30 - Mobile App Launched for Attendees Download now!

See who else is attending when you sign into the Symposium Mobile App! The app provides the list of current attendees, speaker bios, the detailed agenda, and other functions like "Live Q&A."

Everyone is required to provide a unique email to gain access to the app, so if you did not get an emailed invite on or after April 30, please contact laura@vamaritime.com for access.

3/7 - Speakers announced for panel, "Leveraging Disruptive Technology"

Mike Simon
Partner and Principal Consultant
Defined Logic

Eric Klien
CEO & Co-Founder
Crux Systems

Rob Garrison
CEO & Founder
Mercado Labs

Graham Parker
Chief Executive Officer

4/16 - Luncheon Keynote Speakers to Address "Demurrage and Detention"

Kate Ballengee, Esq.
Metro Group Maritime

Peter Friedmann
Executive Director
AgTC Agriculture Transportation Coalition

4/9 - Banquet Keynote Speaker Announced

The Honorable
Michael A. Khouri

Federal Maritime Commission

4/3 - Morning Keynote Speaker to discuss "Sustaining Stability"

Tom D. Capozzi
Chief Sales Officer
Virginia International Terminals

3/7 - Speakers announced for panel, "Reservations Systems"

Marguerite Frier
Regional Vice President
XPO Logistics

Julia Pasternack

Anthony Berrito
Salson Logistics

Mark Bartmann
Sr Director
Seafreight Drayage Solutions- NA

Kuehne + Nagel Inc.

Kevin Price
Sr. Vice President of Operations
Virginia Port Authority

2/6 - Speakers announced for panel, "Tariffs and Supply Chain"

Scott Robbins,
Vice President
US Brokerage

Livingston International

Mark Champagne,
America's Supply Chain

Hyster-Yale Group

David Feinstein,
Global Trade and New Market Access

Tesla Automotive

Leonard Fleisig,
Maritime and International Trade Practice Groups

Willcox & Savage, P.C.

Lisa Gelsomino,
Avalon Risk Management

12/8 - Registration is now open: book now!

11/8 - VMA's Symposium will be held May 8-10, 2019. Make sure to subscribe for announcements about speakers, registration, panel topics, hotel deals, and more!

11/8 - We are now accepting sponsorships: View Sponsor Packages

Hosted By

Virginia Maritime American Shipper

Networking Events

The VMA Symposium includes 3 networking events (below) and a networking lounge.

The Main Networking Events are the 99th Annual Maritime Banquet, the Maritime Mixer cruise (co-hosted with the Propeller Club of Norfolk), and the Golf Outing at Bay Creek Resort and Club. Click the images below to learn more!

The Networking Lounge, located across from the fourth floor ballroom, includes charging ports, snacks, and accomodations for attending professionals who need a place to check into their work.

Maritime Mixer Annual Maritime Banquet Golf Outing

Symposium Panels

May 9th at 9:45 AM Tariffs and Their Impact on Global Supply Chains
May 9th at 11:00 AM Leveraging Disruptive Technology
May 9th at 1:30 PM Reservation Systems


Become a Sponsor Today!

We are accepting sponsorships for the upcoming Symposium. Please contact hhoward@shippers.com to get started. For more information, view the sponsorship page.

Join these Sponsors!

VMA Symposium Sponsors

Have a Question? Contact us!


Jennifer Parham

Event Manager
Virginia Maritime Association

(757) 628-2663

Howard Hayes

Hayes H Howard

Symposium Sponsorship Contact
American Shipper

(904) 355-2601

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