The U.S. Superyacht Association Announces 2017-2018 Board of Directors at Annual Meeting During 58th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

US Superyacht Association's 2017-2018 Board of Directors

The U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA) proudly announced its 2017-2018 Board of Directors during its Annual Meeting on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Annual Meeting was held aboard the Grand Floridian yacht at Bahia Mar.

Incoming Board Members include:

Chair: Kate Pearson, Safe Harbor Marinas

Vice Chair: Diane Byrne, Megayacht News

Marketing Co-Chairs: Megan Bintinger, Port of Seattle; Bert Fowles, IGY Marinas

Advocacy: Peter Schrappen, Northwest Marine Trades Association; Jay Dayton, Avon Dixon Insurance

Membership: Clayton Swart, MHG Insurance; Matt Rosenberg, Colony Hardware  

Treasurer: John Fitzgerald, Saunders Yachtworks

Governance: Jeff Cox, Cox & Company

Past Chair: Rick Gladych, Raven Offshore Yacht Shipping

Regional Board Members include:

SE Region: James Maitland, Propspeed/Oceanmax International

SW Region: Todd Roberts, Marine Group Boatworks

NW Region: Marty Marchant, Westport

Great Lakes Region: Jim Ruffolo, Burger Boat Company

NE Region: Marc Gadbois, Tradesmen International

Mid Atlantic: Eyre Baldwin, Cape Charles Yacht Center

Gulf Coast: Ian Bowles, Alphatron Marine

At-Large Board Members Include:

JB Turner, Front Street Shipyard

Brian Luke, Bluewater Crew Training

Ted McCumber, Feadship America

Aaron Leatherwood, RMK Merrill-Stevens

Steve Ryder, Bellingham Marine

Audrey Hodgdon, Hodgdon Yachts                      

“The strength and the talent of this new board are absolutely incredible!” said new chairman Kate Pearson, Safe Harbor Marinas. “We’ve increased the size of our Board this year to better represent our growing membership base and to focus on those areas that will continue to be our major focus in the coming year. Membership and Marketing now have co-board positions to help share the load. It’s an amazing group of professionals!”

Photo Credit to Tom Serio Photography.

The U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA) is a non-profit trade association incorporated in 2006, with the mission “To promote and support the U.S. Superyacht industry and its members worldwide through advocacy, marketing and education.” For more information on the USSA and the 2017 Superyacht Summit, visit, call 800-208-5801 or email Like the USSA on Facebook at /USSuperyacht. 

Source: US Superyacht Association

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