Focus Session: Dock Visits – is your ship ready to visit, and is your port ready to receive them?

Dock Visits – Is your ship ready to visit, and is your port ready to receive them?

Dock Visits

Revenue program models.  Finding money.  Finding publicity. Contract shortcomings. Ticket programs.  Captain and crew turnover. Does the dock meet the contract and what should the ship crew do on arrival?  Listen to panelists from both the ship and the port side on the best ways to make the most of a port visit.  This session will help you find resolution for all scenarios for positive outcomes for all concerned.

Presented by
Jennifer Angel, Waterfront Development Corporation
Captain Colin Graham, South Street Seaport Museum, Lettie G. Howard
Fernando Viota, Nao Victoria Foundation, El Galeon Andalucía
Holly Williams, PMI Entertainment Group

Jennifer Angel
Jennifer Angel

Jennifer Angel is Acting President & CEO of Waterfront Development, a Nova Scotia provincial crown corporation challenged to develop Nova Scotia’s high potential waterfront properties to maximize their economic potential. Waterfront Development is a proud partner in Tall Ships events and is looking forward to welcoming the world to Nova Scotia for Rendez-Vous 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday. Jennifer has more than 15 years of business development experience, with particular expertise in commercial real estate in both the public and private sectors. She is currently Chair of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Chair of the Lunenburg Steering Committee and Vice Chair of Destination Halifax. Jennifer holds a BA (Philosophy) from Dalhousie University and a MBA (Marketing) from Saint Mary’s University and has completed substantial professional training through the Real Estate Institute of Canada. Jennifer lives in Halifax with her husband, Steve, and dog, Buddy. She and her family are avid sailors and can generally be found close to the sea.


Colin Graham
Captain Colin Graham

Colin Graham is the Captain and Program Administrator of the National Historic Landmark Schooner Lettie G. Howard, which is owned and operated by the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. In addition to his role aboard the ship, Colin also handles the administrative duties for the vessel, including program development, hiring, logistics, scheduling, grant writing, fundraising, and strategic planning. Colin’s prior experiences in traditional sail had been working as crew for Ocean Classroom Foundation, sailing aboard Spirit of Massachusetts and Westward, and working aboard Harvey Gamage for a yard period.  He also worked in the Maine windjammer fleet aboard Heritage and worked at North End Shipyard in Rockland, ME.  After a sojourn working aboard a 59-meter super yacht operating between the Canadian Maritimes and the Caribbean, Colin returned to his hometown of New York City to share his experiences and passion for shipboard education with both adults and students in the greater New York area.

Fernando Viota
Fernando Viota

Fernando Viota, Project Manager of El Galeon
I´m from a farm family, who were involved in wine, never on the sea. But I always loved the experience of the sea and beach, and when I had the chance to change my life aboard a tall ship, I didn´t hesitate.
I was working in business and hotels, doing market research and events around Europe for six years, every day with my suit and tie.  After my background, I jumped to tall ships with the Nao Victoria Foundation, starting with the replica of Nao Victoria in Florida and then to El Galeon along the East Coast, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and into the Great Lakes.

Holly Williams
Holly Williams


Holly Williams has almost a decade of experience with event management and hospitality.  Through the years she has been the Marketing and Administration Coordinator for the 92nd PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Catering Sales Manager at Historic Lambeau Field, Business Relationship Manager for the World’s Largest Aviation Celebration at EAA and her current role of Director, Expo & Event Production at PMI Entertainment Group.

In addition to the Tall Ship Festival, Holly and her team manage 15 event productions each year in addition to managing 4 event venues, owning a USHL hockey team and an event ticketing platform.  PMI Entertainment Group has been successful over the years by being both efficient and creative to pull off an extremely diverse portfolio of events from the Home & Garden Show to a mega concert at Lambeau Field to the Tall Ship Festival.

Holly resides in De Pere, WI with her husband James and two sons Fritz (3) and Creig (2).  In her spare time, she enjoys restoring her 100 year old home and gardening.  She earned a B.S. in Agricultural Communications from The Ohio State University in 2002.




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