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Elio Betty is the Publisher for BoatUS Magazine. He joined the magazine in 2009 as Director of Advertising and was recently appointed Publisher. Elio developed BoatUS Publication’s digital advertising solutions, helping advertisers tap into online and social media. He also participates in marketing efforts working to grow partnerships. Elio was also recently tasked with media planning for BoatUS and the marine insurance division of GEICO, parent company of BoatUS. Prior to joining BoatUS, he spent six years with Soundings Publications in the position of National Sales Manager. He previously held service and managerial positions in the Connecticut marine industry. Elio is a resident of Madison, CT and enjoys sailing and fishing on Long Island Sound.
David Johnson is the Senior Vice President Marine & Mobile, Americas for Power Products, LLC. He began his career in the marine industry after graduating from University of Washington in 1983, starting as a boat builder and yacht rigger and moved into District Manager of West Marine in the Watsonville, CA area and then Annapolis, MD. He soon became Director of Marketing for West Marine, a position he held for 5 years, then moved to a position of Senior Vice President for Blue Sea Systems. David’s interests include boating, kayaking, skiing, camping, and travel.
Christina M. Paul is a Partner with K&L Gates representing manufacturers and retailers in the recreational marine industry. Christina has managed and litigated consumer warranty and product liability litigation on behalf of the recreational marine industry and also represents a publically traded freight line company in their personal injury and property damage loss cases. Outside of her practice, Christina serves as the Vice-Chair of the Boating Industry Risk Management Council, a national marine manufacturer association committee dedicated to promoting boating safety. She is a former board member and current contributor to the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, which is a nonprofit charity organization designed to unite the marine industry in raising funds to contribute to local children’s charities. Christina is K&L Gates’ representative member of the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA) and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). In 2015, Christina received the prestigious Horizon Award from the ABYC for her proven and continued dedication to the recreational marine industry.
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