b'Continued from page 7: Letter from the executive directorA LOOK AT THE FUTURE PVA FERRY CONFERENCE The National Census of FerryFOR TRAVEL AND TOURISM AT MARITRENDS 2023 Operators Prior Results andFriday, Feb. 3 | 1 p.m.2 p.m. Over the years, PVA has featured numerousThis Coming Years New Census Steve Goodling and Samantha Mehlingerindustry and technology-specific conferencesClara Reschovsky, Bureau ofLong Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau within the MariTrends convention. This yearsTransportation Statisticsconvention is no different as a PVA Ferry Con-ference is scheduled Friday, Feb. 3, 8:30 a.m.Power and People12:30 p.m., in Room 202 of the Long BeachMike Corrigan, Interferry andConvention and Visitors Center. The confer- Tim Mooney, Fire Island Ferriesence features an impressive line-up of topics, and speakers, focused on the ferry industry. Public Ferry Operators Roundtable Electric Propulsion: A Future-readyLauren Gularte,Drive Train for Your Ship WETA/San Francisco Bay FerryPatrick Lebeau, Techsol Marine As you can tell, the PVA Annual ConventionPathways to Zero-Emissions at MariTrends 2023 offers a packed program ofsessionsandeventsforPVAmembers. Fast Ferry PropulsionIf you have not registered to attend, I encour-Andrew Packer, Rolls Royce age you to do so immediately as you will not Solution America want to miss a moment of what this exciting STEVE GOODLING Opening a San Leandro Ferry Serviceconventionhastooffer.RegistertodayonAlex Kryska, PropSF the event site.How the Federal Highway In the meantime, please let me know whenev-er we can be of assistance to you.Administrations Ferry BoatProgram WorksSincerely,Omar Elkassed,Federal Highway Administration Designing and OperatingJohn R. GroundwaterFerry SystemsExecutive Director Andrew Bennett,KPFF Consulting EngineersSAMANTHA MEHLINGERSteve Goodling has successfully guided the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureauattention to detail(CVB) since 2001 as its president and CEO. Heandtheorganizationhavebeeninstru-mental in generating more than $300 million annually in tourism related business and near-ly 7,000 local jobs in Long Beach.Samantha Mehlinger is the Long Beach CVBs vice president of communications. A former newspapereditor,Samanthaisfocusedon multi-platform,originalcontentcreationto position Long Beach as a trending destination, and she also oversees the CVBs digital pres-ence, marketing, and communications.Both Steve and Samantha are perfectly po-sitioned to give valuable insight into future trends for travel and tourism.www.beurteaux.com39 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2023'