The American Boat and Yacht Council added two new full-time employees — technical standards specialist David Broadbent and lead instructor and chapter development manager Kevin Ritz.
“I am very excited to have the knowledge of both Kevin and David to offer to our members,” ABYC president John Adey said in a statement. “Never before has ABYC had such a depth of knowledge to support our membership in their part of the safe-boating equation.”
Ritz has been a part-time employee involved with the ABYC since 2007 as an instructor and as the ABYC’s Pacific regional representative. Ritz is a 20-year veteran of marine electrical systems design and implementation and an ABYC master marine technician.
Ritz will act as the primary instructor for ABYC courses and help shape the future of instruction for the ABYC with actionable feedback regarding teaching methods, materials and content. He also will help in establishing regional chapters to customize the ABYC experience for individual regions and improve the quality of service.
Another ABYC master marine technician, Broadbent came to ABYC after graduating from the International Yacht Restoration School in the marine systems program.
As the technical standards specialist, Broadbent will play a critical role in the development and review of ABYC standards. He will provide technical support for ABYC members, including interpretation of the standards as promulgated by the ABYC volunteer committees.