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Growing demand for advice leads to new GMBA appointment in the USA

by Global Marine Business Advisors 19 Sep 10:21 PDT

Due to the growing demand for GMBA services in the USA, GMBA has appointed George Bellwoar as a second GMBA consultant to service the USA market.

George comes with considerable experience working with OEM's, Boat Builders and Distributors throughout North America and Europe. George's industry knowledge and contact networks will be invaluable to GMBA clients many of whom want to establish a presence in the US market.

George who is enthusiastic re this appointment state; "I am honored to be joining GMBA. I've had the pleasure of working with numerous GMBA members during my career. All impressed me with their industry knowledge and professionalism. I hope my experience with diurnal emission fuel systems now used in the USA will help boatbuilders worldwide as they adapt to techniques that help lower emissions and protect our environment."

Jouko Huju, GMBA Finland and a key driver of GMBA stated; "The US is a huge market. The present demand for boats is unprecedented. We are finding there are rapidly growing requests for all kinds of contacts and knowledge requirements coming from GMBA customers. GMBA has considered this growing demand and the information clients are requesting and felt George's experience in the areas of marine fuel systems, and diurnal emission systems, component part sales, use, and installation, and navigation lighting, will be an extremely valuable and welcome addition to our team. He will work alongside Thom Dammrich as our second member in the US."

Working in the marine industry for 40 years, George's background includes non-ferrous alloys for military marine applications (Ampco Metals), marine switches and locks (General Automotive, now part of Dometic), lighting, deck, and underwater hardware (Wilcox Crittenden and Perko), and marine fuel systems, commercial boat navigation and searchlights (Perko).

George has served on numerous National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) committees including Education and Discover Boating. He was the primary author of the NMMA's Best Practices Manual for Supply Chain Management. He has also served on numerous American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) technical committees including navigation lighting and fuel systems.

George is a past Chairman of the Boards of both the NMMA and the ABYC, where he has received numerous leadership awards. He has a BA from LaSalle University and an MBA from Drexel University, both in Philadelphia, PA. He holds an SCPro I certification from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and teaches Supply Chain Management, Customer Service Management and Procurement Management part-time at a college in Florida.

Thom Dammrich commented; 'I am delighted that George Bellwoar is joining Global Marine Business Advisors. George brings huge experience working on the OEM and aftermarket supply side of the industry. He is an expert in diurnal emissions, lighting standards and a variety of other technical areas. His expertise will be important as regulation of emissions from boats spreads from the US to Europe, Australia, and other parts of the world. I have known George for 24 years and he has a lot to offer to the marine industry as a GMBA member."

The international presence of GMBA extends to 18 countries around the globe ensuring a significant global footprint and the ability to offer extensive expertise to the marine industry.

The consultants currently reside in the UK, France, Finland, Holland, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Turkey, Poland, USA, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Croatia and China. The contacts GMBA consultants have and the extensive networks GMBA has access to, are assisting marine businesses across the globe to drive growth and success in this current environment.

The Global Marine Business Advisor group (GMBA) has grown over the past 2 years with a key focus being on working with businesses who wish to expand their export markets. Currently there has been strong emphasis from businesses wanting help with securing supply chains, developing award applications and support with environmental and sustainability issues.

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