ABYC names new board officers and directors

EDGEWATER, Md. – The American Boat and Yacht Council has elected new officers and incoming board directors, the organization said in statement yesterday. Election results were validated at ABYC’s annual meeting, which was held recently in Miami. ABYC’s board provides guidance in furthering ABYC’s mission of standards and education. During the meeting, Teleflex Morse, Inc.’s Dennis Graham, ABYC past chairman, officially introduced the incoming chairman, Bill Drake.

Drake is vice president of engineering at Marinco-AFI and has been with Marinco since 1988. Drake is a member of ABYC’s electrical project technical committee, executive committee and the nominating committee. He is also a speaker at ABYC’s Electrical Systems in Boats seminar. Drake is a member of the National Electrical Code Technical Correlating Committee, past member of the National Electrical Code, Code Panel 5 and 17, NEMA member and past chairman, Wiring Device Section’s Technical Committee, and International Association of Electrical Inspectors member.

Gerry Douglas was elected vice chairman of the board. Douglas is vice president and a principal of Catalina Yachts and has been with Catalina since 1976. Douglas most recently was ABYC treasurer and business and financial planning committee chairman. He also serves on the executive committee, nominating committee and is on the technical information PTC. Douglas is also a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

Dave Marlow will act as the board’s technical chairman. Marlow is the director of product integrity for the Brunswick Boat Group. He is an ABYC board of directors past chairman and is a current member of the board’s executive committee and nominating committee, as well as chairman of the technical board and a PTC member. He currently serves as a presidentially appointed member of the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Boating Safety Advisory Council. Marlow is a member of the Recreational Craft Sectoral Group for the development of ISO standards, the Boat Owners’ Association of the United States, Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and a member of the board of directors for the International Marine Certification Institute. He is a past Lippman Award recipient and a contributing member to ABYC’s TC 188 Technical Advisory Group.

Dan Gribble was elected as treasurer. Gribble is Boatswain’s Locker president. He graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a mechanical engineering degree with a specialization in naval architecture. He has an MBA from the University of California-Irvine. When Gribble assumed ownership of the family business, he changed the focus of the company to marine propulsion wholesale distribution and service. He sponsors various inner city boating programs and fishing tournaments.

The incoming board directors are Barry Acker, The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design president and CEO, Kennebunkport, Maine; George Bellwoar, Perko Inc. vice president of sales and marketing, Miami; and Thomas Marhevko, National Marine Manufacturers Association vice president of engineering standards, Chicago.

Returning board directors are Joe Charles, Charles Industries; Jim Ellis; Dennis Graham, Teleflex Morse, Inc.; F. Steven Herb, Nelson, Hesse; Jack Hornor, Marine Survey & Design; Rich Kolb, Volvo Penta of the Americas; Eleanor Mariani, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection; Jeff Melby, Genmar Holdings, Inc.; Tim O’Connor, LEM Products, Inc.; Bill Parlatore, Passagemaker Magazine; Lorenzo Pollicardo, UCINA; John Sima, Sima Marine; Chris Washburn, Washburn’s Boatyard; and Jack Westerbeke, Westerbeke Corp.

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