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NMMA names new regulatory and legal affairs director

Nicole Vasilaros will assume the position of regulatory and legal affairs director at the National Marine Manufacturers Association as Cindy Squires departs the post.

Squires leaves the NMMA to join the International Wood Products Association as executive director.

“In her nearly 10 years with the NMMA, Squires has been a significant contributor to the work of the government relations office, and her knowledge and capability will be missed,” the NMMA said.

Vasilaros is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, a visiting student in the third year at Georgetown University Law School, a member of the Virginia bar and a graduate of Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Previously the NMMA’s manager of state government relations and legislative counsel, Vasilaros has been a strong contributor to state lobbying efforts for the recreational boating industry, including the successful passage of legislation in Louisiana making it more favorable for recreational marine manufacturers to do business in the state and participate in boat shows.

She has also managed state, legal and regulatory efforts for the Personal Watercraft Industry Association, and in 2012 she steered efforts that resulted in NMMA events at the Democratic and Republican presidential conventions. Prior to her time at the NMMA, Vasilaros worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas of Florida, handling health care, education and judiciary issues.

The NMMA will begin an immediate search for her replacement.

“While we will miss Cindy Squires and the sound advice and guidance she has provided on a number of important legislative, regulatory and legal issues, we are pleased to see her take her career to a new level with the IWPA and wish her all the best,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. “Nicole Vasilaros has shown great leadership and tenacity; we are confident she will continue to do great work for NMMA as our new director of regulatory and legal affairs.”

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