OAK PARK, Ill. – The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) has selected Larry Innis, MRAA director of Governmental Affairs, to receive this year’s “NASBLA Award,” the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) reported in a statement today. The award was announced on October 29, following the NASBLA conference.
A long-time supporter of both boating and NASBLA, Innis was cited for his cooperative spirit, professional knowledge and honesty throughout his career, according to MRAA. He has served on a number of NASBLA committees, representing MRAA and has been a strong supporter for boating safety. He has lobbied hard for the NASBLA portion of the Aquatic Resources (Wallop-Breaux) Trust Fund, the association reported.
Innis is an active member of the Boating Safety Advisory Council (BSAC), the American League of Anglers & Boaters (ALAB), and the National Safety Boating Coalition (NBSC). In addition, he is the vice chairman of the Marine Environmental Foundation (MEEF) and the chairman of the newly formed Sport Utility Vehicle Owners Association (SUVOA).
Innis was the recipient of the NASBLA President’s Award for his promotion of boating safety in 2000.
The NASBLA award is the oldest award presented by the organization, first presented in 1969, and has always been given to someone who has made notable contributions to the betterment of recreational boating, according to MRAA. NASBLA is a professional association consisting of state, commonwealth and territorial officials responsible for administering and/or enforcing state boating laws.