Rhode Island trade group to honor longtime advocate

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The annual meeting of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association will honor Ken Kubic, a longtime marine industry advocate and a member of the group's board since the 1980s.

The meeting will be held Nov. 7in Warwick, R.I., and also will feature the announcement of the association’s newly elected 2012 officers.

Kubic was instrumental in the repeal of the federal luxury tax on recreational boats, as well as the state of Rhode Island’s sales and use tax on boats. He also spearheaded the dredging effort of the Providence River and the creation of numerous disposal cells for any dredging project throughout the state.

Kubic is the principal partner of Kubic Consulting, which provides planning, management and construction for marine and real estate development and expansion projects. Previously he was manager of special projects for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp., specializing in marine-related projects.

He was vice president and general manager of the East Passage Yachting Center from 1985 to 1998 and was chairman and a founding member of the East Bay Economic Initiative.

In lieu of personal comments during the roast, greetings and anecdotes about Kubic can be sent to info@rimta.org.

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