ABBRA announces organizational changes

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The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association appointed Gordon Connell as its new executive director and named Connell Communications its new association management company.

“We have been fortunate to have good administration and guidance over the years and, with this change, our board is pleased to have someone with Gordon’s experience to take the helm and continue to provide strong management leadership,” ABBRA president Pam Lendzion said in a statement. “His vision and enthusiasm for our continued growth, ideas for expanded and enhanced service for members and shared belief that strong representation nationally on issues affecting the business of boating, are refreshing.”

Connell worked in the recreational marine industry for nearly 11 years before establishing Connell Communications in 2011. It is an association management company, public relations and marketing firm with clients that range from a small non-profit charitable foundation to the largest private maritime training school in the country.

He previously served as the director of association services for the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

With the change in management, ABBRA is relocating its head office from Warren, R.I., to Fort Lauderdale. Its new address is 3778 SW 30th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. The association’s new telephone number is (954) 654-7821.

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