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Ben Speciale, Chairperson
Yamaha Marine Group
1270 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Tel.: 770.420.5842
Fax.: 770.420.6164
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: Engine Manufacturers Division, Executive Committee

As President, Speciale directs the Marine Group, including all U.S.-based marine activities and subsidiaries. He oversees Yamaha’s boat companies and subsidiaries, including Skeeter bass boats, G3 aluminum fishing boats and Precision Propeller Industries. Yamaha has approximately 2,000 marine dealers and is an OEM outboard supplier to 120 independent boat brands in the U.S

Involved since childhood in his family’s marina and marine dealership, he joined Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. in 1987 with Yamaha Marine Parts and Accessories. Over the years at Yamaha Marine Group, Speciale held positions in marketing and promotions. Speciale left Yamaha in 1992 to serve as New Fishing Production Manager at Fenwick Fishing Tackle in Huntington Beach, Calif.  He returned to Yamaha Marine in 1996 in strategic planning and financial operations. He was promoted to Vice President, Operations and Planning in 2005.

During Speciale’s tenure as Vice President of Yamaha Marine, the outboards received a number of design and innovation awards from the marine industry and national media. Yamaha also is the only outboard motor company to receive awards in the National Marine Manufacturers Association Customer Satisfaction Index survey every year since its inception.

Ron Bailey, Director
SmartPlug Systems
2500 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Tel.: 904-814-3245
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: MACD
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Ann Baldree, Director
Chaparral Boats
300 Industrial Park Blvd.
Nashville, GA 31639
Tel.: 229-686-6502
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: BMD

Ann Baldree, Senior Vice President, Chaparral Boats, Inc. and Robalo Boats LLC

Joined Chaparral Boats, Inc. in 1981 and has held several positions including national/international sales manager. Currently she is senior vice president of Chaparral and Robalo Boats. She works diligently to promote the company’s vision. She is the 2008 Winner of the Darlene Briggs Marine Industry Woman of the Year Award. She currently serves on the National Marine Manufacturers Association BMD Board of Directors and the NMMA Board of Directors and is an active participant in her community as well as various charities. She is a native of Nashville, Georgia.

Jason Blackburn, Director
Faria Beede Instruments
PO Box 983
Uncasville, CT 06382
Tel.: 860-848-9271
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: MACD
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George Blakely, Director
Suzuki Motor of America
3251 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92821
Tel.: 714-996-7040
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: EMD
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Maurice Bowen
Tracker Marine, LLC
2500 E. Kearney Street
Springfield, MO 65803
Tel.: 417.873.5000
Fax.: 417.873.5068
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: BMD

Maurice Bowen, Group Marketing Director, White River Marine Group (subsidiary of Bass Pro Group)

Maurice joined Bass Pro Group as vice president of marketing for its Tracker Marine boat manufacturing operations in January 2001 after spending 25 years in the automotive industry, starting with Ford Motor Company and following with Hyundai Motor America as its senior marketing executive. As senior director of marketing for White River Marine Group, his responsibilities now include development of marketing strategy, plans and programs for the Tracker, Nitro, Sun Tracker, Regency, Tahoe and Mako boat brands, the company-owned retail boating centers as well as support for its independent dealer channel.

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Huw Bower, Director
Brunswick
1 North Field Court
Lake Forest, IL 6045
Tel.: 847-735-4057
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: BMD

Huw Bower, President, Brunswick Boat Group

Huw Bower joined Brunswick in 2006 and became president of Boston Whaler in 2013 where he was responsible for managing the Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial & Government Products, Rayglass and Brunswick’s European boat brands. He was named president of the Brunswick Boat Group in April of 2016 and is now responsible for the 14 brands which comprise the Brunswick Boat Group.

Bower has a master of arts from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was a captain in the British Army, and served with Royal Marine Commando units in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Eric Braitmayer, Director
IMTRA Corporation
30 Samuel Barnet Blvd
New Bedford, MA 02745
Tel.: 508-995-7000
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: MACD
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Kris Carroll, Director
Grady-White Boats, Inc.
P.O. Box 1527
Greenville, NC 27835-1527
Tel.: 252.752.2111
Fax.: 252.830.8462
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: BMD

Kris Carroll, President, Grady-White Boats, Inc.

Kris Carroll came up through the ranks at Grady-White Boats, starting as a production control clerk in 1975 and eventually was promoted to vice president of engineering and manufacturing in the late 1980s. In 1993, Kris was promoted to president of Grady-White Boats. She was the first woman to ever hold this position in the boat manufacturing industry. Under her guidance, Grady-White has been ranked at the top of customer satisfaction surveys in every third party measure of customer satisfaction ever done in its categories in the marine industry; this includes 11 top rankings from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the highest ranking in every marine study done by J.D. Power and Associates.

Kris holds active leadership roles in the industry and her community. She is currently serving on the board of the Center for Coastal Conservation, and is on the board and Advisory Council of BOATU.S. Kris has over 20 years of continuous service on the board of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the National Marine Manufacturers Association BMD Board of which she is also past chairwoman.

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Craig Clawson, Director
Magic Tilt Trailers, Inc.
2161 Lions Club Road
Clearwater, FL 33764
Tel.: 727.535.5561
Fax.: 727.539.8472
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: MACD
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Tracy Crocker, Director
Evinrude, BRP US Inc.
10101 Science Drive
Sturtevant, WI 53177
Tel.: 262.884.5250
Fax.: 262-884-5505
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: EMD
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Scott Deal, Treasurer
Maverick Boat Company
3207 Industrial 29th Street
Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
Tel.: 772.465.0631
Fax.: 772.489.2168
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: BMD, Executive Committee

Scott Deal, President & CEO, Maverick Boat Company, Inc.

Scott Deal, founder of Maverick Boat Group, Inc., manufacturer of Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia boats, is involved in all aspects of running the company.

Participates on the following boards/associations: BMD board member, NMMA board member, NMMA Executive Committee member, past chairman of Grow Boating, Inc., current and past chairman and present board member of Independent Boatbuilders Inc., (IBBI), The Center for Coastal Conservation, CCA, and the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. He was also on the Standards and Quality task force member for NMMA’s Grow Boating Initiative, 2003-2004.

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Jon Devitt, Director
Midwest Industries
www.midwestindustries.com
122 E. State Hwy. 174
Ida Grove, IA 51445
Tel.: 712-364-3365 x313
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: MACD
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Chris Drees, Director
Mercury Marine
W6250 Pioneer Road
Fond du Lac, WI 54936
Tel.: (920) 929-5040
Also member of: EMD
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Nick Harvey, Director
Jeanneau America
www.jeanneauamerica.com/en
105 Eastern Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403-3365
Tel.: 410-280-9400
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: BMD, Sail America

Nick Harvey, President, Jeanneau America Inc.

Nick is responsible for several of the brands in parent company Beneteau’s growing portfolio. He oversees Jeanneau sailboats, which have grown market share and presence in North America, as well as Jeanneau’s powerboat operations, which recently began a push in the North American markets. Also responsible for Prestige, a brand that has taken off since it arrived in the Americas in 2011. Glastron and Wellcraft, two of the brands Beneteau picked up after acquiring Rec Boat Holdings, also added to his portfolio.

Born and raised in France and having worked assignments around the globe, he now lives with his wife and daughters in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Steve Heese, Vice Chairperson
Chris-Craft
8161 15th Street E
Sarasota, FL 34243
Tel.: 386-426-5457
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: BMD, Executive Committee
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Ron Huibers, Director
Volvo Penta of the Americas
1300 Volvo Penta Drive
Chesapeake, VA 22320
Tel.: 757-436-5110
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: EMD, Executive Committee
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Greg Lentine, Director
Norcross Marine Products
6881 Kingspointe Parkway
Suite 8
Orlando, FL 32819
Tel.: 407.370.3600
Fax.: 407.370.6880
Term Expires: 2018
Also member of: MACD
Gregory Lentine is President of both NorCross Marine Products, Inc and NorCross Technologies, LLC. He concentrates on financial and income management, as well as research and development.

Growing up working for a family boat dealership, Greg Lentine matured through the business from service technician, service manager, and eventually sales manager. Through his hands-on experience in the industry, he envisioned incorporating wireless technology into boats and formed NorCross Marine Products, Inc to pursue that vision. After NorCross Marine Products, Inc. forth year of double digit growth, NorCross Technologies, LLC was formed.  Its goal is to bring all of their research and development in house. 
Mark McKinney, Director
PCM Crusader
1737 Highway 76
PO Drawer 369
Little Mountain, SC 29075
Tel.: 586-977-0100
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: EMD
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Kevin Michael, Director
Water Sports Industry Association
www.wsia.net
2750 Taylor Avenue
Suite A18
Orlando, FL 32806
Tel.: 407-835-1363
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: WSIA
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Joe Neber, Director
Contender Boats
1820 S.E. 38th Avenue
Homestead, FL 33035
Tel.: 305-230-1600
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: BMD
Joe Neber, President, Contender Boats, Inc.
 
In 1982 founded the parent company of Contender Boats, JD Marine, which was a custom rigging and repair partnership in Miami, Florida. Contender Boats was incorporated in June 1984, to coincide with the launching of their first model, the Contender 25. A leader in the Offshore Center console segment, Contender currently builds 10 models from 22 – 40 feet. As founder and sole owner of the company, Neber recently welcomed the addition of his son Matthew into the company after the completion of a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University.
 
Neber is an active member of the BMD and is serving on the NMMA Shows Committee. In addition, he currently holds a seat as the chairman and CEO of the Contender Boats Board of Directors, and a seat as director of the Yamaha Contender Greater Miami Billfish Tournament. Has previously served on the boards of the Miami Outboard Club and the Miami Sportfishing Club.
 
He is active in all aspects of the Marine Conservation front, with focus on the Biscayne National Park, and Everglades National Park restructuring as well as Magnuson – Stephens.
Matt Peat, Director
Transhield
2932 Thorne Drive
Elkhart, IN 46514
Tel.: 888-731-7700
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: MACD
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Chris Petty, Director
Suntex
17330 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75252
Tel.: 972-789-1400
Also member of: AMI
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Scott Porter, Director
Thunderbird/Formula
2200 W. Monroe Street
Decatur, IN 46733
Tel.: 260-724-9111
Fax.: 260-724-1103
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: BMD
President, Thunderbird/Formula Boats
 
Scott worked in the boating industry full time for over 30 years and has held a wide range of management positions, from marketing to manufacturing to executive management. He served on numerous boating industry boards including the NMMA Board of Directors, the Boat Manufacturers Divisional Board, a dealer/manufacturer agreement task force, and the ABYC Board of Directors. A very strong advocate of boating safety, is a charter board member of Boater 101 and on the board of directors for Marine University.
Tim Reid, Director
Mercury Marine
W6250 Pioneer Road
Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1939
Tel.: 920-929-5969
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: EMD

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Jean Francois Rioux, Director
Yamaha Motor Canada
480 Gordon Baker Road
Toronto, 0 M2H 3B4, Canada
Tel.: 416-498-1911
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: NMMA Canada
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Chuck Rowe, Director
Indmar Products Company Inc.
5400 Old Millington Road
Millington, TN 38053
Tel.: 901.353.9930
Fax.: 901.358.4292
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: EMD

 

Under Rowe’s leadership as president, Indmar has grown to become the world’s largest privately held manufacturer of gasoline inboard marine engines. It is the leading manufacturer in the towed-watersports segment and supports over 1,200 dealerships and service centers worldwide with customers in more than 150 nations.

Since Rowe joined Indmar in 1973, he has improved quality, lowered costs and delivered industry leading technology to the marine industry.  In addition, the company has been awarded five patents, fifteen customer satisfaction awards, seven innovation awards, three top product awards and three environmental achievement awards.

Outside of Indmar, Rowe is vested in the effort to protect and grow recreational boating through public policy advocacy and industry-focused growth initiatives. He served as the Chairman on the Board of Directors for National Marine Manufacturers Association, still serving as a director memberr, as well as Engine Manufacturers Division Board.

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Douglas Smoker, BMD Representative
Smoker Craft
68143 Clunette Street
PO Box 65
New Paris, IN 46553
Tel.: 574-831-2950
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: BMD, Executive Committee
President and CEO, Smoker Craft, Inc.
 
Doug has been president and CEO of Smoker Craft since 2007. Smoker Craft manufactures aluminum fishing boats, pontoons, and fiberglass boats. Brands include Smoker Craft, Starcraft, Sylvan, Sunchaser, American Angler, and Legend boats in Canada. Smoker Craft currently has plants in New Paris, Indiana and Stayton, Oregon.
 
Activities include all types of fishing and outdoor activities. Currently a member of the following boards: Independent Boat Builders (IBBI), BMD Board Member, Early Learning Center Board and Smock Board Member.
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Jack Springer, Director
Malibu Boats
5075 Kimberly Way
Loudon, TN 37774
Tel.: 865-458-5478
Term Expires: 2020

Mr. Jack Springer is the CEO and a Director on the Board of Malibu Boats, Inc., leading the iconic brands of Malibu Boats, the #1 watersports towboat manufacturer in the world, Cobalt Boats, the leading stern drive manufacturer in the marine space and Pursuit Boats, a large premi-um manufacturer saltwater outboard boat.

Mr. Springer is a well-rounded executive specializing in full leadership of companies, whether in a growth mode to improve market share, add business segments, expand through acquisition, and improve operations or to lead companies in tough economic times or turnaround situations. His executive roles have included CEO, CRO, COO, CFO and CSMO across several industries, in-cluding recreational, retail, furniture, plastics manufacturing, body armor, foundry, auto parts, textiles, and semi-conductors. Mr. Springer believes that most companies struggle in three critical areas: Focus, Discipline, and Accountability. As a result, mediocrity is a corporate way of life. His successful approach is to build and empower well-functioning executive teams, set strategy, and lead a company to significant advantages by out-strategizing, out-thinking, out-planning, and out-working the competition.

Mr. Springer joined Malibu in 2009, when the company was amid the Great Recession, which led to a severe marine-industry recession with revenues as much as 70% decreased from 2007. Under his leadership, Malibu completely transformed, attracting and building one of the strongest lead-ership teams in the industry and becoming the world-wide leader in performance sport boats. By 2012, the Company was more successful than it had ever been in its thirty-year history. In Janu-ary of 2014, Mr. Springer led Malibu Boats in becoming a publicly held company that has thrived, meeting or exceeding expectations every quarter. Today, in 2019, Springer has led Mali-bu to a 40%+ worldwide market share with Malibu and growing separation between Cobalt and her nearest competitors. Malibu, Inc. success is derived by having the best distribution network of dealers for each Company, a product development machine that brings newer product and fea-tures than any competitor and financial metrics that are better than all marine manufacturers and most publicly held recreational companies, which includes the powersports industry, as well as marine.

In July of 2017 Malibu acquired one of the most successful brands in the marine industry, Cobalt Boats. Then in October 2018, Malibu closed on the acquisition of Pursuit Boats. The combination of Cobalt, Pursuit and Malibu provides a vehicle for continued growth and expansion into multi-ple segments of marine which has already strengthened the combined Company and created a marine powerhouse.

Mr. Springer is a native Texan, resides in Texas and Tennessee & received his BBA from the University of Texas (PB).

Steve Tilders, MACD Representative
Xylem Inc.
2 Byfield Circle
Nashua, NH 03062
Tel.: 603-891-5739
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: MACD, Executive Committee

Tilders is Director of Sales for the Americas for several divisions including Marine, RV, Beverage, and Industrial. Rule has gone through many acquisitions, notably the 1998 sale to ITT corporation and subsequent spilt to create Xylem. Three powerful brands serve the marine market: Rule, Jabsco, and Flojet.

Tilders began his boating industry career working for Boatlife in New York. Over the next 17 years, he became their VP of Sales and Marketing. Tilders’ subsequent position was at Rule Industries in Massachusetts as Product Manager for Bilge pumps, anchors, winches and boat care products.

Steve has his BBA and MBA in marketing from Hofstra University in New York. In recent years he has made over 30 trips to Haiti for humanitarian work to help the people of this impoverished nation.

Steve Tilders has been a NMMA Board member since 2008, currently serving on their Executive Committee. He also serves as Chairman of NMMA’s Marine Accessories and Components Division Board.

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Ned Trigg, Secretary
Dometic Corporation- Marine Division
2000 N. Andrews Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Tel.: 954-633-3189
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: MACD, Executive Committee
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Peter Truslow, Director
Bertram LLC
1535 SE 17th Street, Suite B115
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Tel.: 954.401.1070
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: BMD
Peter Truslow, CEO, Bertram, LLC
 
After more than two decades as president of EdgeWater Powerboats, building its line of high quality, multi-use offshore boats into a successful brand, Peter joined Bertram Yachts in May 2016 as CEO. He brings his manufacturing expertise, production leadership and love of the Bertram brand to help build Bertram’s future.
 
Peter lives on the water in Florida with his wife and children. In addition to being actively involved with their local community, he served as chairman of the National Marnie Manufacturers Association Boat Manufacturing Division and as a member of the NMMA Executive Committee.
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Bill Watters, At-Large Member
Syntec Industries
438 Lavender Drive
Rome, GA 30165
Tel.: 706.235.1158
Fax.: 706.235.1768
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: MACD, Executive Committee
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Bill Yeargin, Director
Correct Craft
14700 Aerospace Parkway
Orlando, FL 32832
Tel.: 262-884-5454
Term Expires: 2020
Also member of: BMD
President & CEO, Correct Craft, Inc.
 
Bill Yeargin has served in the marine industry for over twenty-five years and has been the president and CEO of Correct Craft for nearly ten years. Correct Craft’s subsidiaries include Nautique Boats, Centurion Boats, Supreme Boats, Bass Cat Boats, Yar-Craft Boats, Sea Ark Boats, Pleasurecraft Engine Group and Aktion Parks. During the past ten years the company has won all of the industry’s major awards including Manufacturer of the Year, Boat of the Year, Most Innovative Product, and many others. The company was also named Florida’s Manufacturer of the Year (out of 18,000 manufacturers in the state).
 
A passionate lifelong learner, Bill has both a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and an MBA and is a Certified Public Accountant. Bill has also studied international business at both Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has completed Lean Six Sigma programs through Villanova University, is Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) certified, DISC certified, and (just for fun) is a Certified Personal Trainer. He has served on numerous for profit and non-profit boards and is currently a member of the Manufacturing Council, a group of business leaders who advise the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.