RBIEF elects officers, hands out scholarships

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation elected officers at its June 18 meeting in Livonia, Mich., it reported in a recent statement.

John Hatfield, Howe Interlakes Marine, will continue to serve as president; Greg Krueger, Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales, will continue to serve as treasurer; Robert G. Liggett, Jr., Elias Brothers, will continue to serve as vice president; and Horst Sheriff, National City Bank, will continue to serve as treasurer, according to the foundation.

At the June meeting, the RBIEF board also awarded $7,500 in scholarship funds to 12 Michigan students for the 2007/2008 school year.

“RBIEF has been helping students interested in working in the marine industry since 1984. We are grateful to our volunteer board of directors and to the Michigan Boating Industries Association who make this foundation successful,” said RBIEF President John Hatfield.

The RBIEF scholarship fund was developed in 1984 by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) and National City Bank as a support program for students interested in pursuing careers in the recreational boating industry. Scholarships are awarded based upon the value the applicant displays to the industry, academic achievement and financial need. To-date, the fund has distributed over $298,646 to students in Michigan. In addition to the monetary aid, the foundation coordinates placement for students with MBIA members for work study during the summer months.

Also on the RBIEF Board of Directors is Jim Coburn, Flagstar Bank; Ray Underwood, Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates; Ted Sampanes, the Bostwick Group; and Van W. Snider, Jr., CAE, president of the Michigan Boating Industries Association.

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