Hello everyone!Welcome to the Vessel Identification, Registration & Titling Community. To share information with you and provide a community where you can discuss vessel registration and titling issues, we've set up this online community in NASBLA Connect.Some of you may already know one another, while others are brand-new faces. I'd like to start us off with taking a little time to introduce ourselves. Share your name, where you're from, how long you've been involved in recreational boating safety, what your job is like, and your favorite place to vacation...or whatever else you want.I'll kick us off: I'm Ron, deputy director with NASBLA, stationed here at NASBLA HQ in Lexington, Kentucky. I've been with NASBLA since September 1993. I've done everything from staffing committees to planning conferences to writing grants. My favorite place to vacation is Maui, Hawaii. Here are pics of my two "kids" -- my Corgi, Maggie, and my rescue Beagle, Lexi.
Join the conversation - introduce yourself today and begin networking with your registration and titling colleagues.If you need help signing in or setting up your profile, visit here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.orgBest,Ron
My name is Jack Ellis. I live in Miami, Florida and I am the Managing Director of Info-Link, a firm founded in 1995 that specializes in market research for the recreational boating industry. As an avid boater and steward of our oceans, I have been blessed with the opportunity to marry my professional background with my passion for the water. I've also had the good fortune to work with many of the world's leading recreational boating organizations, including NASBLA. I lost track, but I believe this is at least my 15th year with NASBLA (pre-Mackinac Island conference).Probably no surprise, but when I'm not working, you can usually find me somewhere on the ocean with my family and friends or tinkering with a boat. We have a three-legged cat but she doesn't hold a candle to Ron's "kids" so I won't post a picture. Besides, dogs are better than cats (sorry cat lovers).
Looking forward to Indy, albeit a short visit.
I'm Julie, manager of the Boat Titling, Registration & Marine Licensing program with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. I've got a BBA in Finance from Texas State University and I've been with the department for over 18 years, all of which in the boat titling and registration section. Our program has seen a lot of changes over the years (all for the better, I'm happy to say), and, while not what I thought of as my dream job when I was a kid, I could not ask for a better place or better people with whom to work.
When not working, you can find me painting, gaming, making jewelry, biking or kayaking. I'm fortunate to live in a city (Austin) that loves its outdoor spaces and there are hundreds of parks, trails, waterways and outdoor venues within the city and surrounding areas to visit and enjoy year round. Although, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it in August when it's humid and the temperature hovers around 100 degrees every day. (Seriously - been there, done that, thought I was going to die. Lol) Save for a few elementary school years when my family lived just outside of D.C., I've been in Austin all of my life and cannot imagine living anywhere else (except in August – in August I dream of being in Alaska).
My husband and I have two furry children. Our dog, Toby (who, while normally fiercely loyal, would throw us over in heartbeat for a French fry), and our cat, Isabella (who likes us very much but absolutely hates the vets office – they have offered to prescribe "behavior modification" meds for her on more than one occasion).
Last year was my first on the VIRT Committee. I absolutely loved meeting everyone, learned a great deal, and I think we got a lot accomplished. I'm looking forward to another productive year and the chance to meet the new members this year!
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