ABBRA Announces Award Winners

For Immediate Release



The American Boatbuilders & Repairers Association recently completed a very successful 2019 Annual Meeting & Symposium in Fort Lauderdale. The Annual Meeting saw the presentation of Awards, the designation of three new Certified Marine Service ManagersTM and the election of new officers. Two Florida companies were honored; Huckins Yacht Corporation of Jacksonville was presented with the Boat Builder of the Year Award while Camachee Yacht Yard took home the Boatyard of the Year Award. The Dennis Snow President’s Award, ABBRA’s highest honor, was presented to John Gambino, Divisional Vice President, Great American Insurance Group for his dedication to the well-being of the boat building and repair industry.

Ron Helbig, ABBRA President and Pam Lendzion, ABBRA Executive Director congratulate 2019 Dennis Snow Award Winner John Gambino, Divisional VP of Great American Insurance Group.

New officers were elected and include Chad Morse, Ashbreez Boatworks, LLC, Anchorage, AK, President; Ernie D’Alto, Thunderbolt Marine, Savannah, GA, Vice President; Tricia Bennett, Bennett Brothers Yachts, Wilmington, NC, Secretary; Peter Sabo, Camachee Yacht Yard, St. Augustine, FL was re-elected as Treasurer and Ron Helbig, Noank Village Boatyard, Noank, CT assumes the role of Immediate Past President. Brian Baker of Reynolds Lake Oconee of Greensboro, GA and Tim Shields, Hinckley Yachts, Portsmouth, RI joined the Board as Directors. “Thanks to the efforts of our speakers, sponsors and very engaged attendees we had a great Symposium again this year! In addition to our award winners and the election of new officers and directors, we are especially proud to announce the designation of three new Certified Marine Service ManagersTM – Mike Mullaney, Frank Hall Boatyard, Westerly, RI, Chris Gagne, Kingman Yacht Center, Cataumet, MA and Brendan Prior, Bristol Marine, Bristol, RI” said ABBRA Executive Director Pam Lendzion.

The Symposium was sponsored by Great American Insurance Group, Starkweather and Shepley Marine Risk Solutions, Opening Reception and Pro-Set/West System, Luncheon Sponsor, as well as DockMaster and LRT Group, Symposium Sponsors.

About American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA)

Founded in 1943, ABBRA is a national marine trade organization that represents, is dedicated to, and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism in the boat building, marine service, and boat repair industry.