ABYC names new president

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The American Boat and Yacht Council named John Adey president of the boating standards organization during the board of directors’ recent annual meeting.

“With John Adey at the helm, ABYC is in extremely capable hands,” board chairman George Bellwoar said in a statement. “In his three months as interim president he has proven his ability to manage a host of projects critical to boating standards development and education. As president of the organization his priority will now be moving forward the group’s initiatives in boating safety, professional development and education.”

Adey has served with ABYC since 2002, first in the technical department, then as technical director, vice president and interim president. As technical director of the 4,000-member non-profit organization he managed major boating safety grants from the Coast Guard and all ABYC boating standards development for the United States and internationally.

Prior to joining ABYC, he owned and operated a marine supply and fishing tackle business in New Jersey with his wife, Lauri. He has also been involved in marina management and brokerage services.

Adey has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an M.B.A. with a specialty in non-profit organization management.

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