MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – Sail America Executive Director Scot West gave notice of his resignation, effective July 31, 2005 on Thursday, according to a statement from the association. West, who has served in this capacity since November 2000, will be pursuing another venture in the sailing industry.
“I’ve had a really great time at Sail America and have had so many opportunities to work with the best people in the sailing industry,” West said. “However, it is time to move on for my own professional growth and I’m thankful for the many opportunities I have enjoyed and for the support I have been given during my tenure at Sail America.”
In his nearly five years of association management, West has been directly involved in numerous initiatives. He was part of the successful integration of the Sail America/NMMA affiliation and oversaw the recently united national branding of sail-only boat shows. During West’s tenure, Sail America and NMMA Strictly Sail Show team produced 25 shows, including the development and execution of two inaugural show events. He worked closely with the association’s marketing committee and ad agency from conceptualization through the execution of the industry’s largest national marketing outreach initiative, the Discover Sailing: The Ultimate Adventure program, which resulted in an international award-winning video/DVD production.
“Scot’s unbridled enthusiasm, extensive knowledge of the industry and tireless efforts on behalf of Sail America will be sorely missed,” said Bill Bolin, Sail America president. “As our executive director, he has faced many challenges with us, and his outstanding leadership skills have been the synergy that has motivated and united the board of directors in our ongoing quest to grow the sailing industry. The whole board wishes Scot the very best in his next endeavor and we’re pleased he will remain a valuable asset of the sailing community.”
The Sail America Board of Directors had begun a recruitment effort to replace West. Interested applicants should email resumes to: ScotW@sailamerica.com, or contact Scot West directly at (401) 841-0900, ext.12.