The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association announced the selection of Foxboro resident Randall Lyons, CMM to the position of association executive director. He succeeds Nathalie Grady of Framingham who recently left the association for a new job.
Lyons has over 20 years of marine industry experience working for the Nantucket Boat Basin for 10 years, Russo Marine for one year and most recently for the Newburyport Marinas for the past 10 years.
“Randall is a consummate professional with very high guest service standards and expectations. He is also someone who thinks outside of the box and is consistently looking to grow the boating industry,” the association said in a statement.
Lyons has been well known within the MMTA for the past 8 plus years starting out as the founder of the “Stay Local Boat MA” Transient referral program back in 2009, which the association continues to run today. He has also been on the board of directors for the past five plus years most recently as the second vice president of the association before leaving the board to accept a position working for the MMTA earlier in the year. In 2012 Lyons was awarded the designation of certified marina manager from the Association of Marina Industries. In 2016, he focused on a new initiative to get more kids on the water to bolster the sustainability of the boating industry. He created the “Merrimack River Youth Boating Task Force” and also created a new committee within the MMTA to focus on kids in boating. This initiative and focus will remain one of his main objectives for the association going forward.
“I am excited for the opportunity to represent a strong and vibrant, long-standing association as the executive director,” said Lyons. “I look forward to working with the board and our association members to grow the boating industry for many generations to come.”
“We look forward to working with Randall in pursuit of the association’s goals and also wish to thank him for his enthusiasm going forth toward elevating awareness, education and legislative involvement for the Massachusetts Marine Industry,” said MMTA President Paul Nowak.
Established in 1964, the MMTA is the statewide, representative body for over 1,200 marine trades businesses in the Commonwealth that employ over 27,000 men and women. The mission of the association is to further the interests of the marine trades and the boating public through the promotion of boating, participation in legislation and professional improvement programs.