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NMEA names new chairman

The National Marine Electronics Association announced that Johnny Lindstrom, a design engineer at Westport Shipyard in Washington, will become chairman of the NMEA board of directors, effective Jan. 1.

In an unrelated matter, Bruce Angus, who was executive director in 2012 and 2013, resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Lindstrom will succeed David Gratton, who is completing a three-year term.

“Johnny will be highly effective in his leadership role as chairman," Gratton said in a statement. "He is known for accomplishing in one hour tasks that take some people weeks or months. I know that our timeline for getting things done is going to change dramatically."

"This is an exciting time for the NMEA, and I am honored to be involved in the journey we have embarked on," Lindstrom said. "I feel fortunate to be coming in as chairman at a time when the membership in the NMEA is at an all-time high of 625 and the marine electronics industry is rebounding after a very tough recession. The NMEA exists to raise the professionalism of our members through certification, standards and training and through the Master Dealer Program. We are going to push aggressively in the next two years to help make our members more competitive in what is a highly competitive market."

Lindstrom began his career in the marine electronics industry in 1977 in Newport Beach, Calif., and started his own company in 1981 in southern California. He is a design engineer at Westport Shipyard, an industry-leading yacht builder with models ranging from 26 to 50 meters.

Westport Shipyard has facilities in Westport, Port Angeles and Hoquiam, Wash., and Fort Lauderdale. Lindstrom has served as a dealer member and an officer on the NMEA board since 2008.

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