PWIA hires new executive director

WASHINGTON - The Board of Directors of the Personal Watercraft Industry Association has appointed Maureen A. Healey as executive director of the trade group, PWIA reported yesterday in a release.

Healey has been with The Society of the Plastics Industry since 1988, most recently as vice president of Government Affairs, where she managed all federal, state and regulatory affairs affecting the $330 billion industry. During her tenure, she garnered numerous industry achievement awards and was instrumental in preventing millions of dollars of unnecessary regulation of the industry both at the federal and state level, according to PWIA.

“Like all boaters, I love spending time on the water,” Healey said. “I plan to continue our efforts to ensure reasonable regulations and increased user education. I look forward to educating policymakers on how far PWC technology has come, and eliminating unfair barriers that have been inflicted on responsible PWC owners.”

Healey holds both a BA and an MA from the University of South Carolina. She spent two years working on Capitol Hill before joining the private sector as a government relations specialist. Her outside interests include boating, running, and cycling.

“We're delighted to have someone of Maureen's caliber come on board with PWIA,” said Monita Fontaine, vice president of government relations for PWIA's parent association, the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “Her skills in working with officials at the national and state levels will benefit all of us in the boating industry.”

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