NMMA announces staff promotions

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced several executive staff promotions Wednesday, naming Craig Boskey and Carl Blackwell senior vice presidents and appointing three vice presidents — John McKnight, Dave Geoffroy and Ellen Hopkins.

The recreational boating industry’s leading trade group said the appointments coincide with its growing responsibilities in advocating for and promoting the strength of marine manufacturing, the sales and service networks of its members and the boating lifestyle.

“NMMA has a talented group of staff dedicated to the interests and success of our members,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. “The promotion of these five executives is well deserved and a reflection of their success in their respective positions and commitment to the recreational boating industry.”

Boskey, who becomes senior vice president, finance, and chief financial officer, oversees the NMMA’s financial affairs, including human resources, corporate accounting and information technology. Most recently he has been instrumental in successfully guiding the NMMA through the recession and leading integration efforts with the Southern California Marine Association. Boskey has been with the NMMA for seven years and reports to Dammrich.

Blackwell, named senior vice president of marketing and communications, as well as chief marketing officer, leads the NMMA’s marketing department, which encompasses work across all association programs, including 21 boat and sport shows and the industrywide Discover Boating campaign. Blackwell serves a dual role at the NMMA. He also is president of Grow Boating Inc. Blackwell has been with the NMMA for nine years and reports to Dammrich.

McKnight, named vice president of government affairs, leads the NMMA’s efforts on environmental and safety issues. McKnight manages the Washington, D.C., office, home to the association’s Government Relations team, which works to protect and improve the business environment for the industry by addressing legislative and regulatory issues at the national and state level. McKnight has been with the NMMA for 18 years and reports to Dammrich.

Geoffroy, named NMMA West vice president, manages the association’s West Coast operations and oversees the San Diego Yacht & Boat Show, Strictly Sail Long Beach and the Los Angeles Boat Show. He is also responsible for growing membership and building relationships with related organizations in the western United States. A marine industry veteran who most recently was executive director of the Southern California Marine Association before it merged with the NMMA in June, Geoffroy reports to NMMA executive vice president Ben Wold.

Hopkins, named vice president of communications, heads the association’s public relations and communications efforts. She also serves as vice president for Grow Boating Inc., managing communications and public relations for the Discover Boating campaign. As part of her promotion she is responsible for overseeing the NMMA’s work for its affiliate organizations. Hopkins has been with the NMMA for eight years and reports to Blackwell.

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