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MDCE 2017: MRAA Educational Foundation has new board president

The MRAA Educational Foundation honored Ed Lofgren of 3A Marine Services, the retiring president of its board, and introduced his replacement, Jeff Siems of Blue Springs Marine, at an MRAA awards celebration Sunday night at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

“I’m thankful for the MRAA Educational Foundation’s ability to attract such strong leadership,” Liz Walz, executive director of the foundation, said in a statement. “Thanks to Ed Lofgren and the many industry giants who have led the foundation since its creation, we have been able to make an incredible difference in the lives and businesses of hundreds of marine professionals. Under Jeff’s guidance, we have the opportunity to explore new ways to carry this legacy forward.”

Lofgren’s retirement follows a long record of service to the industry through the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas. A former chairman of the MRAA board, Lofgren’s recent service included a focus on solving today’s technician shortage, which he continues through his work for the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association and its Educational Trust.

During Sunday’s event Lofgren addressed the crowd via video, and the MMTA’s Randall Lyons accepted a compass in a wooden box as a token of the MRAA’s and the foundation’s appreciation on Lofgren’s behalf.

Siems, who is president of Blue Springs Marine and a member of the board of the MRAA and the education foundation, recently stepped forward to become the new foundation president. The foundation said that under his leadership it is already embarking on new and exciting initiatives.

“I look forward to continuing the momentum we’ve generated in recent years and growing our service to the boating business,” Siems said.

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