ABBRA names interim executive director

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The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association has appointed Pamela Lendzion as interim executive director and Meg Toppa as administrative manager and has moved its office from Fort Lauderdale to the Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island.

“We are pleased to have Pam at the helm as an experienced business executive, boatyard operator and industry advocate, along with Meg Toppa, who brings administrative and marketing expertise to ABBRA,” ABBRA president Ron Helbig said in a statement.

Lendzion is a past president and longtime director of ABBRA.

“Her vision and enthusiasm for our continued growth and ideas for expanded and enhanced programs and service for members is refreshing,” Helbig said.

Lendzion has worked in the recreational marine industry for 17 years. She served as director of the Marine Industries Association of Northeast Florida and volunteered her time to serve as chairwoman of the Marine Industry Training and Education Council and president of ABBRA.

She is the CEO of MarineTec Management and Consulting Co.

“The opportunity to work with ABBRA as its interim executive director and provide leadership that focuses the organization on the needs of today's boatyard operators is exciting,” Lendzion said.

“ABBRA is a 72-year-old organization with a code of ethics that is still relevant today. However, like other sectors of the recreational marine industry, boatyards and boatbuilders are trying to keep up with constant changes in boat design, materials and equipment, as well as growing regulatory and safety requirements. With proper strategic planning and execution, ABBRA's programs will have a positive impact on its members and the industry by helping our member businesses move into the future with a plan for sustainable growth. I am happy to be working with Meg, who is an essential member of the ABBRA staff. She is a competent administrative manager and crucial to the accomplishment of ABBRA's goals and the success of it's programs."

Toppa will manage the ABBRA office, including member communication and the coordination of events, programs and publications.

She is a native of Newport, R.I., and recently returned after living and working in the recreational marine industry in Fort Lauderdale for 20 years.

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