Massachusetts trade group elects Third Vice President

SALEM, Mass. — The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, which represents over 1,200 marine trades businesses in the Commonwealth, has elected Russ Vickers as Third Vice President, it reported in a recent statement. Vickers is president of Salem Water Taxi and Hawthorne Cove Marina.

Vickers served on the MMTA’s Board of Directors for a three-year term. He has operated Salem Water Taxi since 2001 and Hawthorne Cove Marina since 1993, and between the two businesses, he has 350 moorings and slips in Salem Harbor, according to the association. Vickers also serves as chairman of The Salem Partnership, a public/private partnership between the city and major businesses and institutions that has been planning and securing support for the expansion and redevelopment of Salem Harbor and its Designated Port Area.

The MMTA’s membership consists of boat builders, dealers and brokers as well as marinas, boatyards, retailers, insurers and finance agents. Its mission is to further the interests of the marine trades and boating public, and a key initiative will be its presence at the annual Boat Show to be held in Boston in February, the group reported.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve this statewide organization in a leadership capacity,” said Vickers. “Our industry has been hard hit by economic times, and now more than ever is the time for leaders to band together to do all we can to advocate for boating and the boating industry in this state.”

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