MBIA president retires after 20 years of service

LIVONIA, Mich. — Van W. Snider Jr. recently retired from his Chief Staff Executive position with Michigan Boating Industries Association, according to a release from MBIA. Snider served more than 20 years as the Association’s president.
Snider received the Michigan Society of Association’s Strategic Leader Award and was recently inducted into the MSAE Hall of Fame. The Michigan Sea Grant created an award given to him to recognize his collaborative efforts with Sea Grant, which now is called the “Van Snider Award.”
Snider plans to stay in Michigan and remain an active boater.

“Boating remains a passion for me and my family and this industry will always be in my blood,” said Snider in the release.  “I’ve made so many good friends and contacts across the country; I’m hoping to stay involved at some level to offer my expertise where needed and time when available.” 

The MBIA announced John Ropp as its new president.
Ropp will serve as chief executive of the Association and oversee management and direction of the MBIA.
“I look forward to John’s leadership and wisdom for the future of MBIA and Michigan’s recreational boating industry,” said Snider in the release.  “His professionalism and skills will move MBIA strategically into the future and help to advance MBIA’s outreach programs including Boater’s Association of Michigan, Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation and Michigan Clean Marina Foundation.”
“We are very excited about the talents and strengths of our new President,” said MBIA Chairman Eric Foster in the release.  “He has a proven record in growing associations through development of member benefits and services, including effective industry and special events.”
The new president will be introduced at the MBIA Annual Meeting and Recreational Boating Education Conference, scheduled for Dec. 2 at the H Hotel in Midland, Mich.

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