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Maryland trade group elects new president

The Marine Trades Association of Maryland elected John Norton, of Annapolis Harbor Boatyard, to a two-year term as president and elected three new board members.

"I look forward to serving with this diverse group and working together to promote Maryland’s marine industry and its professional and boating interests,” Norton said in a statement. “Maryland is the best destination for recreational boating, as well as those working in the maritime industry, and there is much we can do to promote the industry as a whole.”

Norton is the owner and operator of Annapolis Harbor Boat Yard, which he founded in 2008. He is a 2000 graduate of Wilmington (Del.) University. He has worked on the water since 2001.

The trade group also elected three new board members to three-year terms:

Lauren Mahoney, marketing director of Annapolis Yacht Sales, is a member of the Annapolis Sailing Industry Association and the South Forest Business Association.

Marco LeGette, founder of Snag-A-Slip, Baltimore, a company that connects boaters with slips, while showcasing marinas in the way that hotels are promoted. He has been fishing and boating on Chesapeake Bay since he was a teenager and lives in the Annapolis area.

Steve Pittman, of West Marine Pro, has worked in the marine industry for 25 years, the last five at West Marine. Born and raised in Florida, Pittman has worked in nearly every sector of the industry.

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