The US Superyacht Association (USSA) has announced a new board of directors for 2013/14.

John Mann from Bluewater Books and Charts will continue in his role as chairman. He is joined on the executive committee by vice chairman Kristina Hebert (Ward’s Marine Electric), advocacy co-chair Corey Ranslem (International Maritime Security Associates Inc), immediate past chairman Tim Davey (ISS GMT), advocacy co-chair Peter Schrappen (Northwest Marine Trade Association), marketing chairman Bert Fowles (IGY Marinas), treasurer Mark Cline (Cline Financial Group) and general counsel Jim Perry (Perry & Neblett PA).

Regional board members, elected for a one-year term, are:

Ami Ira, Crew Unlimited/CU Yacht Charters (Southeast Region)

Jay Dayton, Avon Dixon Agency (Mid-Atlantic Region)

John Clayman, Seaton Yachts (Northeast Region)

James Ruffolo, Burger Boat Company (Great Lakes Region)

Rick Gladych, Omni Risk Insurance (Northwest Region)

Kate Pearson, Shelter Island Marina (Southwest Region)

William Smith, Trinity Yachts (Gulf Coast)

The new at large board members, elected for a two-year term, are:

Eli Dana, Newport Shipyard

Megan Deinas, Port of Seattle

Tripp Nelson, Alexseal

Christina Norris, Oversee Yachts

Derik Wagner, MTN

“The USSA has been very fortunate to have strong board members dedicated to helping grow the organisation,” says Mann. “By continually bringing in new representatives at the board level, we are able to draw on their energy, ideas and skills. This combination of dynamic regional board positions and those elected at large, have helped to further propel the USSA to the next level and position us as a vibrant national association.”

The USSA is a non-profit trade association incorporated in 2006, whose mission is to protect and promote the superyacht industry of the US and act as its voice.