Thom Dammrich assumed the role of president with the National Marine Manufacturers Association in November 1999, bringing with him 30 years of association management experience.
Since taking the helm eleven years ago, Dammrich has helped NMMA increase its membership upwards of 30 percent. Today, the association represents more than 1,600 members that produce 80 percent of the recreational boating products currently sold in North America. Under his leadership, NMMA has bolstered industry advocacy at both the state and federal level as well as expanded industry and consumer-related research, and statistics efforts.
Most notably, Dammrich was instrumental in helping to finally unite the industry behind a strategy to increase the number of people who participate in recreational boating. The first-official national advertising and marketing campaign for the industry’s Grow Boating Initiative was launched in 2006.
Dammrich furthers his involvement and commitment to recreational boating interests by serving on several industry boards. They include the American Sportfishing Association; the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation; American Boat and Yacht Council; the International Council of Marine Industry Associations; the International Marine Certification Institute, and as Chairman of the American Recreation Coalition. In addition, he was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve as Chairman of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (a federal advisory committee to the Secretary of the Interior).