NMMA Announces Executive Staff Promotions

CHICAGO The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today a series of staff promotions at the executive level to coincide with its growing responsibilities in advocating for and promoting the strength of marine manufacturing, the sales and service networks of its members, and the boating lifestyle. Craig Boskey and Carl Blackwell were promoted to Senior Vice President. John McKnight, Dave Geoffroy and Ellen Hopkins were named Vice Presidents.

“NMMA has a talented group of staff dedicated to the interests and success of our members,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA president. “The promotion of these five executives is well-deserved and a reflection of their success in their respective positions and commitment to the recreational boating industry.”

NMMA staff promoted include:
Craig Boskey to Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer, oversees NMMA’s financial affairs, including human resources, corporate accounting, and information technology. Most recently, he has been instrumental in successfully guiding NMMA through the economic recession and leading integration efforts with the Southern California Marine Association. Boskey has been with NMMA for seven years and reports to Dammrich.

Carl Blackwell to Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, and Chief Marketing Officer, leads NMMA’s marketing department which encompasses work across all association programs, including 21 boat and sportshows, as well as the industry-wide Discover Boating campaign. Blackwell serves a dual-role at NMMA as he is also President of Grow Boating, Inc. He has been with NMMA for nine years and reports to Dammrich.

John McKnight to Vice President, Government Affairs, leads NMMA’s efforts on environmental and safety issues. McKnight manages the Washington, D.C. office, home to the association’s Government Relations team, which works to protect and improve the business environment for the industry by proactively addressing legislative and regulatory issues at the national and state level. McKnight has been with NMMA for 18 years and reports to Dammrich.

Dave Geoffroy to Vice President, NMMA West, manages NMMA’s West Coast operations and oversees the San Diego Yacht & Boat Show, Strictly Sail Long Beach and Los Angeles Boat Show. He is also responsible for growing membership and building relationships with related organizations in the western U.S. A marine industry veteran who most recently served as Executive Director of the Southern California Marine Association before its merger with NMMA in June, Geoffroy joined NMMA in 2012 and reports to Ben Wold, NMMA Executive Vice President.

Ellen Hopkins to Vice President, Communications, heads the association’s public relations and communications efforts. Hopkins also serves as Vice President for Grow Boating, Inc., managing communications and PR for the Discover Boating campaign. As part of her promotion, she is responsible for overseeing NMMA’s work for its affiliate organizations. Hopkins has been with NMMA for eight years and reports to Blackwell.

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About NMMA: National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit NMMA.org.