|Proxy Ballot Biographies|
Sara Anghel is the Executive Director/Vice President of Government Relations for NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) Canada. She has nearly 20 years of experience with the Ontario government, serving in a number of political positions including communications, policy and chief of staff to the Minister of Northern Development & Mines and Environment. She has raised the profile of NMMA and recreational boating in Canada securing government funding to support the industry. Under Sara’s leadership, NMMA Canada actively engages with the government on a number of important issues such as water access, trade, and regulatory issues. Sara also serves on a number of national and international industry boards including vice-chair of the Ontario Region Recreational Boating Advisory Council (RBAC), Transport Canada’s National Recreational Boating Advisory Council, the International Marine Certification Institute board of directors, chair the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) Statistics Committee and a member of the ICOMIA executive committee.
Ward Eshleman II
Ward Eshleman II is the President and owner of Ward’s Marine Electric, Inc. located in Ft. Lauderdale and Riviera Beach, Florida. Ward’s Marine is a sales, service, and engineering company founded in 1950 by Ward Eshleman Sr. After graduating from the University of South Florida in 1971 with a BA in Economics, Ward joined the family business as a marine electrician in 1972 and thereafter purchased the business from his father in 1983. Ward’s Marine has grown into one of the largest marine electrical sales and service companies in the United States and its customer base is international in scope. The company remains a family owned and operated business with third generation participation and management. Ward has been a long time member of the ABYC Electrical PTC and currently serves as its Vice-Chair. He also has served on the ABYC Technical Board since 2001 and the ABYC Electrical Component PTC since its inception. He has been a strong supporter and advocate of ABYC for many years.
John Fetterman is Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) maintaining a focus on NSABLA’s training and law enforcement programming. In his previous position as the association’s first Law Enforcement Director, John worked to integrate and coordinate law enforcement programs within NASBLA and improve the organization’s law enforcement program value to its members. Before joining NASBLA, John worked for the Bureau of Marine Patrol for 32 years, mainly as a chief pilot. He was promoted to deputy chief in 2001 and also served as coastal boating law administrator for the state of Maine until December, 2009. He has also served on the executive board of the Northern Association of Boating Administrators, NASBLA, US Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council, National Maritime Security Advisory Committee and the advisory committee to USCG and Department of Homeland Security.
Udo Kleinitz is the Secretary General of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA). He also holds the German master craftsman qualification in boatbuilding, obtained during 15 years working in yards at the lakes in the Munich area. He moved to the UK in 2008 to join ICOMIA and was their Technical Manager for 5 years. He then worked for 2 years as the Head of Technical Services at the British Marine Foundation. Udo is a passionate sailor spending his summer weekends mainly on the water cruising the UK South Coast and the English Channel.
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