Johnny Lindstrom, a design engineer at Westport Shipyard in the US, is to become chairman of the board of directors at the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), effective January 1, 2014. He will succeed David Gratton, who is completing a three-year term.

“Johnny will be highly effective in his leadership role as chairman,” says Gratton, a partner in Martek of Palm Beach. “He is known for accomplishing in one hour tasks that take some people weeks or months. I know that our timeline for getting things done is going to change dramatically.”

Lindstrom is a design engineer for Westport Shipyard, a builder of motoryachts from 26m-50m (85ft-164ft) with facilities in Westport, Port Angeles and Hoquiam, Washington, as well as Ft Lauderdale, Florida. He has served as a dealer member and an officer on the board of directors of the NMEA since 2008.

“I feel fortunate to be coming in as chairman at a time when the membership in the NMEA is at an all-time high of 625, and the marine electronics industry is rebounding after a very tough recession,” says Lindstrom.

“The NMEA exists to raise the professionalism of our members through certification, standards, and training, and through the Master Dealer Program. We are going to push aggressively in the next two years to help make our members more competitive in what is a highly competitive market.”

In an unrelated matter, Bruce Angus, who held the position of executive director in 2012 and 2013, has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Founded in 1957, the NMEA leads the way in establishing technical standards for data exchange in marine electronics, with the widely accepted NMEA 0183 data protocol, NMEA 2000 and certification standards for marine electronics technicians.