CHICAGO – The Marine Association for Technology Exchange Standards recently elected members of its first Board of Directors, the organization reported recently.
New directors who will serve two-year terms, include:
The MATES Board plans to meet at the upcoming International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, taking place November 1-3 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Plans for an inaugural meeting prior to IBEX are being considered. The group will meet twice annually, with its first annual meeting at the Miami International Boat Show in February.
“When we first formulated the idea of MATES, we knew momentum would only collect and continue gathering speed if we secured a solid representation of companies and associations across the marine industry,” said Cam Collins, CEO of Dockmaster Software and one of the group’s initial founders. “We have managed to do exactly that, and election of our first Board of Directors is confirmation MATES has put down permanent, firm roots. The Board members elected are a superb group of individuals representing interests across a broad industry spectrum. MATES should thrive under their leadership, and more and more companies should be getting onboard.”
MATES is an affiliate of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Originally founded by a small group of industry leaders, the idea behind MATES is to streamline efforts needed to conduct business between trading partners (internal customers) so that each partner can focus on the revenue-generating aspects of their business (external customers).
The association’s goal is to develop a set of data communication exchange standards by which the marine industry at large can operate, effectively reducing IT burdens, eliminating system incompatibility and making it easier for companies to transact business with one another.
For more information on MATES or the specific benefits of membership, visit www.firstmates.org or contact executive director John Warnik at (312) 946-6295; email@example.com.
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