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Foundation elects officers and adds new scholarship

The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation announced new leadership on its board of trustees.

The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation announced new leadership on its board of trustees after a recent meeting at MacRay Harbor in Harrison Township, Mich.

The board also passed a resolution creating a new named scholarship in honor of the late Greg Krueger, a founding RBIEF trustee, longtime boat dealer and marine industry leader.

Officers and trustees of the new RBIEF board are: president, Jim Coburn of Coburn & Associates in Macomb; vice president, Bob Liggett, entrepreneur and investment executive in Grosse Pointe Shores; secretary, Nicki Polan of the Michigan Boating Industries Association in Livonia; and treasurer, Horst Sherriff of PNC Bank in Troy.

Ray Underwood, of Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates in Lansing, is also an RBIEF trustee.

“As a founding trustee of the RBIEF organization, I take pride in leading the efforts contributing to the education of current and future marine industry professionals in Michigan,” Coburn said in a statement. “It’s important to provide well-educated individuals to run successful business operations in any industry.”

Coburn also serves as chairman of the MBIA.

The foundation said the Greg Krueger Scholarship Award will be given annually to the highest-qualified and most deserving applicant.

“Greg Kruger was an inspiration to many students seeking a career in the recreational marine industry. We intend to maintain his legacy and passion for higher education within the industry,” Coburn said.

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