Sea Tow Foundation Adds Nine Industry Leaders to Serve on its Boating Safety Advisory Council  

Water Sports Foundation Content Director Jeff Moag, left, begins new term while Executive Director Jim Emmons concludes successful three-year stint. 

June 9, 2022 – Nine new marine industry stakeholders were recently elected to serve two-year terms beginning June 1, 2022, on the Sea Tow Foundation’s Boating Safety Advisory Council. Established in 2019, the advisory council collaborates on multiple national boating safety initiatives and also judges and selects the most outstanding efforts by marine industry companies promoting recreational boating safety through its annual “National Boating Industry Safety Awards” program.

This new slate brings council membership to 21, with members representing multiple segments of the boating industry including retail, manufacturing, service providers and associations.  

“As we enter the fifth year of the advisory council, the caliber of membership just continues to rise,” said Sea Tow Foundation Executive Director Gail R. Kulp. “This year’s pool of applicants was exceptionally strong and our council members had difficulty choosing between so many stellar candidates. We are very grateful for the industry’s support and interest in our council activities and look forward to many exciting initiatives ahead.”

New appointees chosen to join the Sea Tow Foundation Boating Safety Advisory Council include:

  • Jeremy Backman, VP Recreational Marine Sales, Chubb Insurance
  • Brooks Bunde, Regional Sales Manager/Marine, Garmin
  • Rufino Cruz, Jr., Business Development Manager, Regal & Nautique of Orlando
  • Michael Gisch, General Manager, MarineMax
  • Nick Gosselin, Director of Marketing, Freedom Boat Club
  • Kim Koditek, Head of Content Marketing, Boatsetter
  • Jennifer McQuilken, Global Marketing Communications Leader, Cummins, Inc.
  • Jeff Moag, Content Director, Water Sports Foundation
  • Randy Vance, Editor at Large, Bonnier Corporation

Eight council members completed terms as of May 31, 2022, including David Connolly of TCS Reps; Kevin Falvey, Bonnier Corporation; Jim Emmons, Water Sports Foundation; John Jost, consultant; Captain Keith Lake, MarineMax; Nic Thomas, Freedom Boat Club; Stephanie Vatalaro, RBFF; and Annamarie Worrell, Emerald Coast Marine Group.

“We very much appreciate the significant contributions of these eight individuals who were instrumental in developing the vision and goals of our council, including the concept planning through successful launch of our National Boating Industry Safety Awards,” said Kulp. “We owe much gratitude to each member whose contributions helped us build a very strong foundation for the advisory council.”

The nine new appointees join current Sea Tow Foundation Boating Safety Advisory Council members including Shannon Aronson, ABYC; Laura Barry, West Marine; TK Krumenacker, Bedford Insurance; Captain Bob May, Bob’s No Wake Zone Boating Radio Show; Tyler Mehrl, Mercury Marine; Mark Pillsbury, Cruising World magazine; Adam Quandt, Boating Industry magazine; Scott Rath, Uflex USA, Inc.; Angie Scott, The Woman Angler & Adventurer; Eric Shepard, retired; Chad Tokowicz, MRAA; and Leslie Zlotnick, Yamaha Watercraft Group. Executive Committee members include Kristen Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow International and Sea Tow Foundation; Gail R. Kulp, Sea Tow Foundation; and Wanda Kenton Smith, Kenton Smith Marketing.    

For more information about the Sea Tow Foundation’s Boating Safety Advisory Council, please visit:


With a vision of a world where boaters are safe and responsible, the Sea Tow Foundation – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – was established in 2007. Through the Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Program, which prevents drowning, more than 90,000 life jackets are available to borrow and return free of charge at over 950 life jacket loaner stations located across the United States. The Sea Tow Foundation’s Sober Skipper Campaign aims to eliminate boating under the influence accidents by encouraging boaters to be or designate a sober skipper before each boating trip. And the Foundation’s Boating Safety Advisory Council presents the National Boating Industry Safety Awards annually to for-profit boating businesses who promote and advocate for safe boating. For more information on the Sea Tow Foundation, please visit


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