MMA Announces New Officers And Board

Marine Marketers of America (MMA) announced the election of new officers and appointment of new board members. New officers for 2021 are Courtney Chalmers, president, and Kristen Frohnhoefer, vice president. Romina Bompani continues in her role as secretary of the association. New board members serving three-year terms include Brian Sullivan, vice president of marketing, Nautique; Jane Schlegel, director of global marketing, Malibu; and Keith Ammons, vice president of sales and marketing, Regulator Marine.

Chalmers succeeds founding president Wanda Kenton Smith of Kenton Smith Marketing, who retires from the post after launching and leading the organization for more than 13 years. Kenton Smith remains in an advisory role as immediate past president. Also retiring from the board are three additional long-standing leaders who have significantly contributed to the organization’s success including founding member and VP Sally Helme of Bonnier Corp. who was point on the conception and launch of the Neptune Awards; founding board member Jim Rhodes of Rhodes Communications who has managed the association’s publicity since the outset and contributed in many projects; and Mark Kellum of Canal Street Creative who assisted in multiple roles including designing the association’s logo.

Kenton Smith commented: “I’m pleased to have served with an outstanding group of smart marketers from all segments of the marine industry to build and grow the association over the past 13 years. From the launch of the Neptune Awards, to many years of professional development, networking and communications initiatives, I appreciate the dedication and hard work of so many who significantly contributed to the success of the association. I leave the MMA in very capable hands and have great confidence in the new leadership team to move the MMA forward into the future.”