ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Dave Marlow of the Brunswick Corporation was named Board Chair of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) during ABYC’s Annual Meeting earlier this month, the only ABYC volunteer to hold this position for 2 separate terms.
“For the past 25 years, I have seen the good that ABYC can do for boating and I am honored to again hold the position as Board Chair of this great organization,” said Marlow, Director of Product Integrity/Government Affairs for Brunswick. It was announced during ABYC’s Annual Meeting that was held January 15, 2014 in conjunction with 2014 Standards Week in Tampa, Florida.
ABYC celebrates 60 years of Standards this year, incorporated in 1954 as a non-profit organization to develop safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats.
Marlow assumed the Board Chair role after Jack Hornor of Maryland’s Marine Survey and Design Company passed away in October 2013. “Jack had a heart for this organization; it was evident in all that he did,” Marlow said following a moment of silence during the meeting.
The keynote speaker was Robert DeColfmacker, President of The Landing School, who touched on four points including how the school is helping fill the demand for technicians, a profile of today's marine trades’ students, how the school works in conjunction with ABYC, and how technology is impacting the world of training and education.
“The future of the industry lies in these passionate individuals that we train at the Landing School,” DeColfmacker reiterated.
Members and guests who attended enjoyed a slide show with historical and current ABYC pictures, as well as an entertaining and enlightening Impact Video sharing ABYC’s success over the past year.
“For 60 years, each Board of Directors for the Council has faced unique challenges of their time. I am humbled to work with this amazing group of people as ABYC embraces change and opportunities that will set our course for the next 60 years and beyond,” saidJohn Adey, ABYC President.