NMMA Announces Board Elections

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association elected Chris-Craft Corp. president Steve Heese as chairman of its board of directors, replacing Yamaha U.S. marine business unit president Ben Speciale.

Cometic Marine executive vice president Ned Trigg was elected as vice chair; retired Volvo Penta of the Americas president and CEO Ron Huibers was elected treasurer, and Smoker Craft Inc. president and CEO Doug Smoker was elected as secretary, according to NMMA.

Divisional board officer elections were also held during IBEX Online, which was held Sept. 29-Oct. 2, and included:

• Boat Manufacturer Division (BMD) Chair: Bill Yeargin, president and CEO of Correct Craft;

• Engine Manufacturer Division (EMD) Chair: Chris Drees, president of Mercury Marine;

• Marine Accessory and Component Division (MACD) Chair: Dometic’s Ned Trigg.

The executive committee of NMMA’s board of directors is composed of the chair, the three additional officers, the past chair and the chair of each division board. As Ned Trigg serves as the vice chair of NMMA, the MACD is additionally represented on the NMMA executive committee by Bill Watters, president of Syntec Industries.


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