The International Propeller Club has elected Maria Conatser as International President, making her the first woman to be elected to lead the International Propeller Club in its near 100-year history.
epresentatives of the Club’s 77 chapters from around the world, have elected and installed installed its leaders for the next two years at its 97th annual convention in Charleston, South Carolina. Conatser has served in various financial, analytical, and business intelligence roles with the Ingram Barge Company of Nashville, TN. She is a member of the Propeller Club’s Port of Nashville chapter and she takes over the role at a time of enormous change in the maritime industry.
Maritime transport carries over 90 per cent of global merchandise trade, totaling some 11 billion tons of cargo per year, but we are too often out of sight and mind. To tackle this, we need to raise awareness of the industry and attract the best minds to help us innovate, embrace digitization, and squarely face environmental challenges.
… said Maria Conatser
Costis Frangoulis, President of the International Propeller Club‘s Piraeus, Greece chapter was elected as First Vice President. He is the founder, President, and CEO of the Franman Group which for over 30 years has provided a wide range of equipment, products, and services to the international shipping industry. Dorothea Ioannou of the New York and Piraeus chapters is CEO of the American P&I Club and was elected as the International Second Vice President. Her portfolio includes engaging with and growing the number of international Propeller Club chapters.
Jeremy Smith of Kaiser University in Jacksonville, Florida was elected Vice President for Student Ports, where he will provide leadership for the Club’s program of outreach to future industry professionals attending maritime academies and other transportation-related programs worldwide. Stuart Smith of Houston, TX, and Pat Patrick of New Orleans were elected to two-year terms as International Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.