Changing Places

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Leslie Gibbons-Neff joined the American Boat & Yacht Council as director of marketing, communications and its foundation.

Gibbons-Neff had been director of sales and marketing at CIE Tours International and the American Society of Travel Agents.

As the council's marketing director, Gibbons-Neff is responsible for general marketing, communications and branding for the organization and its foundation and for handling media relations and new business development.

As a native Marylander and lifelong boater who spends much of her leisure time cruising Chesapeake Bay, she comes aboard ABYC with an in-depth knowledge of the maritime industry and a strong commitment to promoting the council's safety standards to consumers and all key stakeholders in the marine industry.

"Because we recognize the relevance of Leslie's marketing experience in the travel industry, as well as her enthusiasm and involvement in numerous nautical organizations over many years, we know she will create new and diversified opportunities for ABYC that will benefit all members, partners and mutual customers," said ABYC president Skip Burdon.

Gibbons-Neff received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland. She lives in Annapolis, Md.