Our VISION is to position the Rhode Island Marine Industry as the leader in our community and our economy.

About

Founded in 1964, The Rhode Island Marine Trade Association (RIMTA) represents all aspects of the recreational boating industry in Rhode Island.

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About The Rhode Island Marine Trade Association

Welcome to the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association (RIMTA) where we are dedicated to the growth and sustainability of the marine trades industry in Rhode Island.

Our Mission

RIMTA’s mission is to champion the Rhode Island Marine Industry through advocacy, education, environmental stewardship, innovation and promotion.

Our Vision

RIMTA’s vision is to position the Rhode Island Marine Industry as the leader in our economy and our community.

What We Do

  • Advocacy: We represent the interests of the marine trades industry at the local, state, and federal levels, ensuring our members’ voices are heard on critical issues.
  • Workforce Development: We invest in the future of the marine trades by providing training programs and educational resources to cultivate a skilled workforce.
  • Networking & Events: RIMTA hosts a variety of events providing opportunities for professionals to connect and collaborate.
  • Sustainability Initiatives: We are dedicated to promoting environmentally responsible practices within the marine industry, helping our members reduce their environmental impact.

Join Us

Whether you’re a marine business owner, an industry professional, or someone interested in the marine trades, RIMTA offers a platform for growth, connection, and advocacy. Join us in shaping the future of the marine trades industry in Rhode Island.

Our Team

Brian Dursi Executive Director

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Jen Huber Vice President of Operations

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Ann Hof Director of Membership & Events

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Officers

  • President

    Ray LeBlanc

    Safe Harbor New England Boatworks

  • Vice President

    Ned Jones

    AkzoNobel

  • Secretary

    Jay Frechette

    Starkweather & Shepley Insurance

  • Treasurer

    Paul Harden

    RI Small Business Development Center

  • Chairperson

    Matt Leduc

    Latitude Yacht Brokerage

Directors

  • Andy Tyska

    Bristol Marine

  • Ben Sorkin

    Flux Marine

  • Bill Kenyon

    IYRS School of Technology & Trades

  • Dean Hoxsie

    RI Department of Environmental Management

  • Eric Goetz

    Composite Energy Technologies

  • Holly Ashton

    Safe Harbor Marina Group

  • Joe Mariani

    Bristol Marine

  • Jon Lyons

    Ocean House Marina

  • Jonathan Mendes

    Full Keel Marine

  • John Tregenza

    The Watch Hill Boatyard

  • Michael Harrington

    Harrington Marine Services

  • Ned Jones

    AkzoNobel

  • Richard Cromwell

    Maritime Solutions

  • Susan Daly

    Sail Newport

Committee Chairs

  • Legislative

    Andy Tyska

  • Regulatory

    Ned Jones

  • Membership

    Joe Mariani

  • Education & Training

    Holly Ashton

  • Finance

    Paul Harden

  • RIMTA Futures

    Rebecca Cute