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Boating Industry announced yesterday its 40 Under 40, their list of the top young leaders from across the marine industry. The honorees, including NMMA's Ellen Hopkins and Nicole Vasilaros, were chosen from 200 entries for their outstanding work in the industry and the potential seen in them to continue to carry the marine industry forward.


What first drew you to the industry? 
My passion began when a new friend introduced me to wakeboarding in 1996, my freshman year in college. I was hooked and tried every way possible to spend evenings and weekends wakeboarding. 

What was your first job? 
My first job was as a manufacturing engineer for MasterCraft Boat Company.

What is your favorite place to go boating? 
Dale Hollow Lake, I have spent two or three long weekends on a houseboat there every summer for the last 20 years.  

What boat did you learn to boat on? 
The first tow boat I learned to drive was a 1997 Malibu SunSetter LX.  

Did you have any key mentors or influences in your career?  
I would have to say one key influence was my parents. As far back as I can remember, they were great examples of working hard and always encouraged me to find a career doing something I enjoy. Another key influence is my best friend, Ryan Lewis. He introduced me to wakeboarding over 20 years ago and the possibilities of a career in the boating industry. A key mentor would have to be Ritchie Anderson, Malibu’s COO. I have worked for Ritchie over 15 years and he has set the example for excellence, loyalty, integrity and boatbuilding knowledge. 

Malibu congratulates all of the nominees for their dedication to the marine industry and the great work they do.

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