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The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association appointed Wendy Mackie as its chief executive officer and will soon be hiring a work force development coordinator to oversee the operation of the group’s many education and training programs.

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The association will maintain its long-standing association with Lisa DiRaimo as executive director.

The new and refined positions are part of a “strategic reorganization of the association dedicated to expanding its services to members, acting as the leading business advocacy group for the marine industry and promoting the industry regionally, nationally and internationally,” the group said in a statement.

Mackie has more than 15 years of experience in the field of work force development and has worked with the association for the past four years on its Education and Training Committee, as well as with Massachusetts Marine Trades in work force development, education and training. She also has provided executive leadership for other nonprofits, including My Turn Rhode Island and Clean the Bay.

Mackie will continue to be executive director of Clean the Bay, concurrent with her duties as CEO of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association.

“Rhode Island's marine trade companies include some of the world's finest boatbuilders and ancillary businesses, and Rhode Island offers optimal opportunities for the recreational boaters,” Mackie said in a statement. “The RIMTA board is made up of dedicated leaders in the marine trades industry and they have a solid vision for RIMTA’s expansion and growth."

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