Skip to main content

NMMA, EMD and MACD name new board members

In the wake of former Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer resigning from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and its Engine Manufacturing Division boards, Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas, has moved up from vice chair to chair of the EMD board. He also joins the NMMA executive committee and continues to be a member of the NMMA board.

New Mercury Marine president Chris Drees has been appointed to the NMMA board of directors by NMMA chair, Ben Speciale, president of Yamaha Motor Company, and to the EMD board by Huibers. Drees fills the position vacated by Pfeifer.

Steve Tilders, director of sales at Xylem and chair of the Marine Accessory and Component Division, has appointed Bill Boehman, vice president of Yamaha Motor Corporation, to the MACD board to fill Drees’ previous spot.

Board members are elected every two years. The next votes will be held during the 2020 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibit and Conference.



Industry Pushes Back Against Speed Restrictions

A NOAA Fisheries proposal would restrict boats 35 feet and larger to a 10-knot speed limit along the East Coast to protect right whales from vessel strikes.


Magonis Opens Connecticut Office

The Spain-based, electric-boat builder offers an 18-footer that’s available with motors from Torqeedo and Mag Power.


Bill Seeks to Increase Youth Fishing

The bipartisan Coastal Fishing Program Act of 2022 would ease barriers to accessing the outdoors in underserved communities.


Fall Is in Full Swing

With the autumnal equinox ushering in a new season today, the fall boat-show circuit is in high gear. Here are some recent reports and a look at what’s to come.


Manufacturer Confidence Drops

Still, U.S. builders remain largely optimistic despite ongoing constraints with the supply chain and workforce, as well as yesterday’s interest rate hike.


Defender Adds TEMO Electric Boat Motor

Defender Industries is the official U.S. dealer for the French company’s lightweight, portable electric motors.


Twin Disc Sells Belgium Facility

The transmission manufacturer is still using the facility in a leaseback transaction as it looks to reduce costs.