The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in the US announced the retirement of executive vice president Ben Wold last week, together with the promotion of several key staff.

The move comes as the NMMA reorganises its leadership team and establishes a strong foundation of executives that will help guide the association under NMMA president Thom Dammrich.

Ben Wold spent more than 41 years at the NMMA and oversaw boat and sport shows on behalf of the recreational boating industry. Under his leadership, NMMA’s boat and sport shows grew substantially and helped provide a platform for NMMA to serve its members at a deeper level across government relations, statistics and research, certification and communications.

“Ben is recognised around the world for his boat show acumen and leadership and is responsible for making NMMA boat and sport shows the innovative marketing and sales venues they are today,” said Dammrich in a statement. “In his 41 years with the association, Ben has not only shaped our shows but has shaped the culture within NMMA, helping to create a bright, talented and passionate team poised to do great things for the industry.

“There is no doubt Ben will be missed by NMMA staff, our members, and exhibitors and we are deeply appreciative of his commitment and service.”

As Wold departs, NMMA has promoted vice president of consumer and trade events, Jennifer Thompson, to senior vice president of boat and sport shows. Thompson has been with NMMA more than 18 years, helping lead events and initiatives that drive consumer and industry demand.

With Thompson’s promotion, director and Miami International Boat Show manager, Larry Berryman, has been promoted to vice president of NMMA’s southern shows. Berryman will continue to oversee the Miami International Boat Show as the show’s director, in addition to leading NMMA’s shows in Tampa and Atlanta.

NMMA’s Kevin Murphy will manage the Tampa and Atlanta shows and report to Berryman.

Jon Pritko, vice president of NMMA’s Northeast shows, oversees the Atlantic City, Baltimore, New England, New York, and Norwalk shows. Both Berryman and Pritko report to Thompson, as does the NMMA sponsorship team, led by John Marcinek.

Coinciding with the reorganidation of its shows staff, NMMA has also made other executive changes. Vice president of federal and legal affairs, Nicole Vasilaros, has been promoted to senior vice president of government and legal affairs. In this role, Vasilaros oversees the organisation’s Washington, DC activities including its federal, state, and grass roots advocacy agenda.

As part of its enhanced government relations work, NMMA has created a new public affairs and government communications initiative to bolster the impact of its lobbying efforts and the presence of recreational boating among influencers and decision makers. This effort is being led by Ellen Hopkins Bradley, who has been promoted from vice president and chief communications officer to senior vice president and chief communications officer.

Other promotions include Robert Newsome from vice president of engineering standards and membership to senior vice president of strategy, engineering standards and membership, and Glenda Sandoval from director and controller for NMMA to vice president and controller.

Rounding out the senior management team are Sara Anghel, president of NMMA Canada, Carl Blackwell, senior VP and chief marketing officer, Craig Boskey, senior VP and CFO, and John McKnight, senior VP of environmental health and safety.