WISTA USA Launches Its 11th Chapter, Great Lakes/Midwest Region

The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association USA (WISTA USA) opened its 11th chapter, Great Lakes / Midwest Region Chapter, and welcomed its 700th member earlier this year. The chapter will coordinate events and activities for WISTA members throughout the Midwestern United States.

“WISTA USA has grown substantially in the last five years,” said WISTA USA President Parker Harrison, senior vice president and general counsel at Crowley Maritime Corporation.

“Long-time members in the Great Lakes region sought to create a new chapter to bring members in the Midwest together under one umbrella to help capitalize on the opportunities and address the challenges unique to the shipping, trading and logistics sectors in that part of the country.”

The Great Lakes/ Midwest Chapter will hold a kick-off event Friday, October 11 at the offices of Marwedel, Minichello & Reeb in Chicago, Ill. The chapter is led by Judy Druskovich, admissions specialist at Great Lakes Maritime Academy, and Leigh Rinas, second mate with Crowley Maritime Corporation. Norma Ray, branch chief, U.S. Coast Guard, will serve as chapter event planner and membership chair and Jodie Knox, command center chief, U.S. Coast Guard, will serve as chapter secretary.

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Since forming in 1997, WISTA USA has grown to include more than 700 members in 11 regional chapters. WISTA USA members represent all sectors of the maritime industry including ship owners, charterers, operators, suppliers, brokers, bankers, insurance professionals, attorneys, analysts and government officials. Regional chapters include: Connecticut; Delaware River and Bay Area; Florida; Great Lakes/ Midwest Region; New England; New Orleans; New York/New Jersey; Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Washington, and Oregon); Texas; Washington, DC Metro; and West Coast (California and Hawaii).

WISTA USA chapters meet regularly for networking and business activities. WISTA USA comes together at its Annual General Meeting.
The 2020 WISTA USA Annual General Meeting & Conference will be held in Houston, Texas, in March.

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Those wishing to attend the Chicago event on October 11 should contact Norma Ray at