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Q&A with John Ropp, Michigan Boating Industries Association president

John Ropp is president of the Michigan Boating Industries Association and also serves as its chief executive, overseeing the management and direction of the 300-member group. He took the position in November 2010, succeeding Van Snider Jr., who resigned after serving for more than 20 years as the association’s president. Ropp, 50, joined the MBIA…more

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Fishermen rally for regulatory reform

Gathering in the nation’s capital draws 2,000 industry workers and anglers hoping to change catch-limit rules About 2,000 recreational and commercial fishermen, as well as business owners who provide for these industries, gathered in Washington, D.C., on a cloudy March afternoon to call for reforms to the Magnuson-Stevens Act and allow for more flexibility and…more

For the Record: EPA approvals move E15 closer to market

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications for the registration of ethanol for use in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol. The action brings us “another step closer to consumers being confused by the offering of E15 at their local gas station,” according to Cindy Squires, chief counsel for public…more

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Movers and Shakers

Imtra, a manufacturer and importer of marine products, announced that Eric Braitmayer will fill the new position of chief operating officer. Braitmayer, currently vice president of marketing, was named second in command to the CEO. He also will retain his current responsibilities. “I have had the good fortune of working with a strong management team,…more

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ABC brings more players onto the stage

Ten groups from the industry join the NMMA to co-host the annual legislative and lobbying program As an extension of last year’s Growth Summit, the National Marine Manufacturers Association is again reaching out to the entire industry — this time inviting all stakeholders to take part in the American Boating Congress. The ABC, an annual…more

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Change comes quickly with social media tools

James Carville, the self-described Ragin’ Cajun and President Bill Clinton’s chief political strategist, is famous for observing during the 1992 elections that “It’s the economy, stupid!” Today it’s all about social networking, and interest groups that “get it” will be the ones that succeed because online grassroots mobilization is fast becoming the political coin of…more

For the Record: Brunswick realigns boat-brand management

Brunswick Corp. announced several actions in March that are designed to more clearly align its global marine operations “to better exploit market opportunities, sharpen market focus and enhance growth as the world’s marine market continues to evolve.” “For many years, several Brunswick boat brands based in Europe and Asia have been under the Mercury Marine…more

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Movers and Shakers

Norman-Spencer Agency Inc. announced that Phil Keeter joined its marine insurance services division as vice president of dealer services. “It has been my privilege for the last 25 years to work with dealers and recognize their needs. Their necessity for additional profit centers and cost controls for their businesses in the insurance arena have always…more

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Q&A with Josh Adams, Sail America president

Josh Adams was recently elected president of Sail America, the sailing industry’s trade association. Adams, 40, is the publisher of Sail magazine, which is owned by Soundings Trade Only’s parent company, Active Interest Media. He joined Sail as an editor in 1996 and was named publisher in 2006. An accomplished sailor, Adams was a three-time…more

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Q&A with Ian Kopp, president/COO of Maritime Marine Group

Ian Kopp is vice president/general manager of Kenway Corp. and president/chief operating officer of Maritime Marine Group and a part owner of both companies. Kopp, 41, joined Kenway as a project manager in January 1998 after spending about five years working in education. He is a 1993 magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College with…more

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