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Quick Hits: October 20, 2020

David K. Witty has been named chief technology officer of OneWater Marine. Witty, who has over 33 years in the marine industry, will move from his role as executive vice president of retail operations for the Buford, Ga.-based boat retailer. “Today’s announcement reflects the importance OneWater places on embedding and leveraging proprietary technology and digital infrastructure within the core of our operations,” said OneWater COO Anthony Aisquith in a statement. “Dave is a key member of the OneWater team and he will be laser focused on developing and refining our industry leading proprietary technology that is foundational to our continued growth.” 

Three Michigan marinas have been named as Certified Clean Marinas — a voluntary program focused on environmental and managerial best management practices that exceed regulatory requirements. Klave’s Marina in Pinckney, Ryde Marine Inc. in Alanson, and South Shore Marine LLC in Whitehall have been certified through three-year terms. In addition, four Michigan marinas were also re-certified: G. Marsten Dame Marina in Northport Harbor; City of Harbor Springs Municipal Marina; Mackinaw City Municipal Marina; and Yacht Basin Marina in Holland. “MBIA encourages all marinas to pursue this voluntary certification,” said MBIA executive director Nicki Polan in a statement. “It is not difficult, and there are both financial and environmental gains that come with this effort.”

During last month’s virtual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, the National Marine Representatives Association held its annual meeting and elected its board and officers. NMRA’s new president is ComMar sales’ Scott Kolodny; Aaron Freeman of Tideline Marketing is vice president, with Mark Goodman of SGL Sales & Marketing and Craig Cochran of GSW & Associates filling seats as treasurer and secretary, respectively. The Board of Directors includes Kurt Fromherz, Chris Aruta, James Dade, Robert Guerrieri, Jorge Montes and Mike Steiner. "While we enjoy the face-to-face comradery of our annual board and general meetings at IBEX, the virtual platform worked well," said Kolodny in a statement. "It allowed us to conduct all our association business and make plans for exciting new projects to be completed in 2021."



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