NMMA names government relations VP

WASHINGTON – The National Marine Manufacturers Association has selected long-time public servant Scott Gudes as vice president of government relations, NMMA said in a press release yesterday. Gudes will lead the organization’s Washington, D.C. office effective Oct. 9.

Gudes is currently the minority staff director for the U.S. Senate budget committee, which is responsible for the $2.9 trillion government budget. Gudes’ career also includes serving as deputy undersecretary with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during the Clinton and Bush presidencies. From January until December 2001, he served as acting NOAA administrator, overseeing the nation’s principle atmospheric and oceanic research, science and resources agency and its 12,500 professionals.

In addition to his work leading the Senate’s budget-making process and his leadership at NOAA, Gudes has also overseen export and trade policy while serving in various leadership posts in the Congress. The Congressional veteran’s 29-year appropriations and budgeting experience brings a long history of working for lawmakers of both political parties. In 2003, President Bush awarded Gudes the Presidential “Distinguished Rank” Senior Executive Service Award.

“I know that the wealth of experience Scott brings to this position will take our advocacy on behalf of the recreational boating industry to the next level as we face very serious challenges like the ballast water issue, energy policy, and promoting pro-trade and pro-manufacturing policy,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA president.

Gudes holds a public administration master’s from California State University-Fullerton, and earned his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and the University of Liverpool. He is a recognized lecturer on the U.S. legislative, policy and budget process and is an annual lecturer at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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