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Rhode Island trade group names new president

Brandon Kidd, owner and manager of Pirate Cove Marina in Portsmouth, is the new RIMTA president.

Brandon Kidd, owner and manager of Pirate Cove Marina in Portsmouth, is the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association’s new president.

Kidd is the third generation to helm his family business.

Before he joined RIMTA’s board "I was the guy who would go to meetings, but I didn't think my involvement was necessary," Kidd said in a statement.

Other new board members include Abby Smith, of New England Boatworks, who will head the RIMTA Future Committee; Matt LeDuc, of Latitude Yacht Sales, who takes over as head of the Boat Show Committee; and Ray LeBlanc, of the Newport Yachting Center, who joins as a director.

RIMTA Future was established this fall. According to founding member Abby Smith of New England Boatworks: "Our goal is to provide opportunities for early to mid-career professionals to network and gain access to trainings and events focused on career development, as well as make introductions to industry veterans who are willing to mentor the group as a whole, or individual members."

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