NSBC Chair Remarks from Stu Gilfillen
As I begin my term as Chair, I’m filled with great optimism about where the NSBC is, and the opportunities we have before us. We have a phenomenal staff that is running on all cylinders, we’re in a great financial position, and we’ve added outstanding talent to our Board of Directors. I’m pleased to add Robert Newsome from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and MariAnn McKenzie from the Oregon State Board, who will step into the roles of Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.
I’d like to also express my appreciation to Richard Moore for his years of countless dedication to the NSBC. We are in a better place because of his wisdom and leadership. And while Chris Stec is sliding into the past chair role, we do get to hold on to him for a few more years.
My focus over the next few years is to build on the strong foundation we’ve developed. Many of you have heard me use the analogy that boating safety is a Venn diagram and NSBC sits in the middle of it. We connect with a myriad of stakeholders -- states, manufacturers and National Governing Bodies to name a few -- and while our interests are diverse, we are all aligned in our goal of making boating safer. Our hope is that through communication and collaboration the NSBC can be a national catalyst for developing a safe boating culture.
During the first quarter of 2020 I’ll be reaching out to many of you to get your thoughts on how the NSBC can better meet your needs, or what areas you feel we can be more impactful. While we have made great strides, we all know that there’s more to do. And we’ll need your help to do it.
I look forward to seeing you all at IBWSS!