Group has deal to buy Annapolis shows

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annapolis0906Annapolis Boat Shows general manager Paul Jacobs a team of four Maryland marine professionals and business owners are set to purchase the shows from current owner C. Edward Hartman II.

The others are Sheila Jones, who has been with the shows for 15 years and serves as show manager; Peter Trogdon, owner of Eastport-based Weems and Plath; Bob Crain, whose company, Applied Lighting, is responsible for lighting the shows; and Mary Ewenson, owner of SpinSheet and PropTalk magazines and co-owner of PortBook, publications focused on boating in the Chesapeake Bay.

Jacobs will continue in his role as general manager.

“I’ve been with the shows for eight years and am continually impressed by what a terrific organization Ed has built,” Jacobs told Eye on Annapolis. “I am grateful to Ed for giving us this opportunity and trusting us to carry on the tradition of the shows.”

Jacobs pulled together the team of local marine leaders, who had a passion for the industry, a respect for the shows and a history with the city of Annapolis.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to bring more marine companies to Annapolis and encourage them to open operations here,” Trogden said. “We plan to connect them with the Annapolis Economic Development Corp. so we can all work together to stimulate the economy and build the marine industry. After all, Annapolis is the sailing capital of the United States.”

The United States Powerboat Show will be held Oct. 3-6 and the United States Sailboat Show runs Oct. 10-14.

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