BoatUS names advisory council members


BoatUS recently appointed four new members to its National Advisory Council.

The new appointees are:

• Capt. Mike Fields, president of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. A boating law administrator with the Kentucky Division of Law Enforcement, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fields grew up boating on lakes and rivers in Kentucky and worked almost every major body of water in the state as an officer and a sergeant.

• John P. Flynn, public policy adviser for Patton Boggs LLP. Flynn has more than 30 years of maritime, transportation and marine resource experience. He was an enlisted member and commissioned officer in the Coast Guard and he spent 12 years on Capitol Hill, including working as a legislative assistant and congressional fellow to U.S. Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) on legislation such as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund (Wallop-Breaux) and Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation.

• Cleve Hardaker, president of Recreational Boaters of California. Hardaker, born in Rhodesia, immigrated to Australia, then came to San Diego in 1977. He was a board member of the Pacific Coast Yachting Association, was appointed to the RBOC board in 2008 and is the organization’s president-elect for 2012.

• National Commodore Nicholas Kerigan, Coast Guard Auxiliary. A member of Flotilla 12-03, First District, Southern Region, Kerigan joined the auxiliary in 1992 and has served all elected positions through National Area Commodore, Atlantic Area (East), as well as several staff positions. He is a retired Morgan Stanley information technology vice president.