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AT THE HELM
BY HEATHER LOUGHEED, VICE PRESIDENT
There are vital organizations in the marine industry with core missions that dovetail with ours at BoatU.S., and our leadership team plays critical roles in all the most important ones. Last month, for instance, our magazine’s publisher, Elio Betty, was appointed to the prestigious board of the American Boat & Yacht Council. ABYC
develops voluntary safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of
recreational boats and is a leader in technical education and certification.
In other key organizations, as well, we have your back. Chris Edmonston, president of our
own nonprofit BoatU.S. Foundation, works in several: the National Safe Boating Council,
the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadrons, the Recreational Boating and
Fishing Foundation, and the Sport Fish and Boating Partnership Council, among others.
Kerry McCook from BoatU.S. Marine Insurance was just named president of the
International Association of Marine Investigators, and many more of our BoatU.S. staff are
active on local boating boards and associations across the country – working hard every day
to protect your rights, help make boating safer, and keep our waters clean.
Recently, our BoatU.S. leadership gathered for our annual meeting with the BoatU.S. Advisory
Board, distinguished national
boating leaders who serve as our
sounding board on key issues
impacting our members. We discussed federal legislative issues,
such as our ongoing work on the
renewable fuel standard (
changing the government’s ethanol-fuel
mandate), the Magnuson-Stevens
Act reauthorization (support for
national saltwater recreational fisheries policy),
the Florida Everglades algal-bloom problem
(addressing phosphorous and nitrogen runoff),
and recreational fishing policy in marine protected areas.
We reviewed state docket issues, including
Hudson River anchorages, Florida anchoring
policy, and government policy on antifouling
paints. See our Government Affairs story on
page 40 for more. Our work for you continues
every day, in our lobbying efforts on Capitol
Hill, our defense of your consumer rights, our
ongoing negotiations to win you the best member benefits, and our work behind the scenes in
associations and boards across the country. We’ve
got you covered.
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VICE PRESIDEN T, BOATU.S
CONSULTING EDITORIAL DIREC TOR
MANAGING EDITOR Rich Armstrong
ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
TECHNICAL EDITOR Tom Neale
Mark Corke, Charles Fort
CON TRIBUTING EDITORS
John Adey, Ann Dermody
Ryck Lydecker, Tim Murphy
Troy Gilbert (Gulf Coast)
Melanie Neale (Florida)
Patricia Rains (West Coast)
Dan Armitage (Great Lakes)
BOATU.S. MEDIA, OFFICE COORDINATOR
MEDIA ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTAN T
PROOFREADER John Wilson
Rick Kelvington, Marcus Floro
ADVER TISING SALES MANAGER
VOLUME XXIIl, No. 1, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017
Our BoatU.S. National Advisory Council.
First row (L to R): Stephanie Weatherington,
president, National Association of State
Boating Law Administrators; Lenora Clark, former comissioner, California Boating and Waterways, and former president, Recreational Boaters of California; Beth Newburger Schwartz,
president, Epoch Communications, and wife of
late BoatU.S. founder Robert Schwartz; Kirk La,
CEO, BoatU.S.; Kris Carroll, president, Grady-White; Jim Ellis, former president, BoatU.S.
Second row: Thom Dammrich, president,
National Marine Manufacturers Association;
Bob Adriance, former editor, Seaworthy;
Robert Baldridge, past chief, U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary; Mark Simoni, past commodore, U.S.
Power Squadrons. Third row: Chuck Hawley,
former director, U. S. Sailing; Dean Travis
Clarke, former executive editor, Bonnier Marine;
Chris Edmonston, president, BoatU.S. Foundation; Peter Robertson, president, Recreational
Boaters of California