The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, Inc. held its Annual Conference and Continuing Education Symposium in San Diego, California, at the Bahia Resort Hotel, on October 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2013. SAMS" is a 1 000+ member international organization dedicated to enhancing the profession of marine surveying through communication, cooperation and education. Members must abide by a code of ethics and participate in a program of continuing education. AMS® members are surveyors who have accumulated time in the profession and have demonstrated the technical skills necessary for designation as Accredited Marine Surveyors. Surveyor Associates are practicing surveyors who are working toward receiving their AMS® designation. Affiliate members are non-surveying individuals and/or businesses providing products or services to the marine industry.
October 16th through October 18th were dedicated to a formal education program which was open to both members and other interested parties involved in the maritime industry. Saturday, October 19th was dedicated to the organization's Annual Membership Meeting, Regional Caucuses and a Board of Directors Meeting. The following officers were elected to serve during 2014:
President: Stuart J. McLea, AMS® of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Executive Vice President: Lloyd Kittredge, AMS® of Chesterton, IN
Secretary/Treasurer: Paul Logue, AMS® of Scituate, MA
Vice President - Meetings/Conventions: Robert V. Horvath, AMS® of Chagrin Falls, OH
Vice President - Membership: George J. (Jim) Sepel, AMS® of Juneau, AK
Vice President - Education: Kenneth Weinbrecht, AMS® of Long Island, NY
Vice President - Testing: Kristoffer A. Diel, AMS® of Lafayette, LA
Vice President - Public Relations: Bill Trenkle, AMS® of San Diego, CA
In addition to the members listed above, the organization's Board of Directors includes:
Joseph B. Lobley, AMS® - Immediate Past President
For additional information regarding the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors®, Inc., please visit our website: www.marinesurvey.org or contact Rhea P. Shea, SAMS® Executive Director at our International Office.