The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) announced the selection of its new Board of Directors chairman, vice chairman and secretary, as well as appointment of four additional members.
Mike Spyros of Electronics Unlimited, having served as NMEA vice chairman since 2014, took the reins as chairman on January 1, 2017, succeeding Johnny Lindstrom of Westport Yachts, whose term ended at the end of 2016. Board members Steve Katz of Steve's Marine Service and Lou Rota of FLIR Systems moved into respective positions as vice chairman and secretary.
Named and approved by the NMEA membership to three-year terms during the annual meeting in Naples, Fla were new board members Brian Kane, Sean Hatherley, Jason Young and Kevin Boughton.
Kane is Chief Technology Officer, founding partner and Board of Directors member of Global Ocean Security Technologies-GOST. His responsibilities include overseeing design, integration and documentation of new security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance technologies. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2003.
Hatherley has been Sales Director at Navico since 2014, overseeing sales to technical installers, local retail accounts and wholesale distribution in the Americas. He works with a team of 15 territory sales managers covering all of Navico's recreational brands. Hatherley has an Electronics Engineering degree and has served on the board of the NMEA.
Young oversees the outside sales department, key account management and brand management at CWR Electronics for more than 15 vendors. He began his marine electronics career as a board-level technician at Sea-Trac Offshore. Young is a Certified Marine Electronics Technician and holds an FCC GROL with Radar Endorsement.
Boughton, as senior technician, oversees techs and installers at Midcoast Marine Electronics in Rockland, Maine. After attending an electronics trade school and a tour in the Coast Guard, he helped to establish a marine electronics shop at a marina in Camden, Maine. Boughton is a Certified Marine Electronics Technician and holds an FCC GROL with Radar Endorsement. He has been an NMEA trainer and on the Education Committee since 2014.