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  • Thu, December 01, 2022 9:41 AM | Leslie Simmons (Administrator)

    We wanted to share an exciting update - NYBA has recently hired a new Director of Operations, Karli Houle. Karli will be starting shortly (stay tuned for an introduction email with her contact info and background!). 

    To celebrate Karli's hiring, as well as our brand new office space, we're inviting all of our NYBA members to a festive Winter Open House on January 11th, from 4-6pm. In light of this, we have also decided to cancel the original Holiday Party we had planned for mid-December. We know the holidays are very busy, and think a mid-January event will allow for greater attendance.

    Plus - there will be multiple Lake Union Piers brokerages participating in the Winter Open House - so you will be able to stop into the new, permanent NYBA office as well as many other brokerage businesses here. Enjoy light bites, wine, beer, and cocktails; check out the new office space; say hello to your fellow NYBA members and meet Karli and the rest of the NYBA staff!

  • Tue, November 29, 2022 4:03 PM | Leslie Simmons (Administrator)

    Hello NYBA Members! Quick update - we are no longer planning to host a 'formal' holiday party this year - we sincerely thank the NYBA members who reached out and were willing to financially support and sponsor the event. Instead, in light of our new office space, we are hoping to host a Holiday Open House - stay tuned for details! 

  • Wed, November 09, 2022 11:39 AM | Leslie Simmons (Administrator)

    From NYBA Lobbyist Jim Hedrick - His thoughts on the November 8th 2022 general election results (Washington state):

    "Democrats were not at risk of losing their majorities and as of this writing they will most likely expand their majorities in both the state Senate and state House.

    The August primary was fresh off the Dobbs decision and Washington state progressive voters came out in force to vote for pro-choice candidates. In mid-October, The Seattle Times, King 5, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, and Washington State University’s Murrow College of Communications polled Washington voters on the issues most important to them looking ahead to November. Among those polled, abortion remained a top issue for Democrats, whereas inflation was most concerning to Republicans and Independents.

    It is too soon to know, but these issues may not have brought voters out in droves. Voter turnout is low for a midterm general election. Compared to election day in 2018, there are approximately 500,000 more registered voters in Washington State. However, at current count, there are 300,000 fewer ballots returned than four years ago on this day. Perhaps voters waited until the last minute - we won’t know for a few more days.

    By far the most expensive legislative race this year is the contest in the 26th (Kitsap County) between incumbent Senator Emily Randall (D-26) and challenger Representative Jesse Young (R-26). At this time, Randall leads the race with 52.53%. This race attracted nearly $2.5 million in independent expenditures and more than $1.6 million in campaign contributions. This race has not been the case of mealy-mouthed politicians vying for the middle, as these two candidates could not be more different or from more opposite sides of the political continuum. While Young is a conservative, anti-abortion republican, Randall is a very progressive, pro-choice Latina member of the LGBTQ community. Randall won the seat in 2018 by only 102 votes. In the House race for Young’s seat, Adison Richards (D) leads Spencer Hutchins (R) with 51.1%. Representative Michelle Caldier (R-26) leads challenger Matt Macklin with 54.87%.

    In the August primary where Republicans had an overall lackluster night, they performed decently in the 42nd (Whatcom County). At this time, challenger Representative Sharon Shewmake (D-42) leads with 51.31% over appointed incumbent Senator Simon Sefzik (R-42). Independent expenditures in this race totaled more than $1.6 million. This seat nearly went Democrat four years ago when the late Senator Doug Ericksen (R-42) won by only 46 votes over his challenger. In the House, Representative Alicia Rule (D-42) is hanging on with 52.13% over Tawsha Dykstra Thompson. In Shewmake’s open seat, Joe Timmons (D) leads Dan Johnson (R) with 51.84%.

    The 10th district (Island County) race between incumbent Representative Greg Gilday (R-10) and challenger Clyde Shavers (D) had an October Surprise when Shavers’ father released a bombshell letter accusing Shavers of gross misrepresentations about his military service, career and family. Media investigations confirmed Shavers is not a practicing attorney and misrepresented his military service, leading the Everett Herald to rescind their endorsement of Shavers. At this time, Shavers is in the lead with 52.68%. In the other House seat, Representative Dave Paul (D-10) is leading with 54.29 over Karen Lesetmoe (R).

    Prior to the August primary, legislative Republicans had high hopes for flipping the 47th (South King County) back to an R district, but those dreams were squashed when their frontrunner House candidate, Carmen Goers finished fifth, leaving retired Representative Pat Sullivan’s (D-47) seat to two Democrats.  Republican hope remained for the Senate seat of retiring Senator Mona Das (D-47), where Kent Council Member Bill Boyce (R) and former Senator Claudia Kauffman (D) faced off in the general election. At this point, Kauffman leads Boyce with 53.46%.

    In recent weeks, legislative Republicans have spent a lot of time and resources in the 5th (East King County), hoping to unseat Representative Lisa Callan (D-5). The challenger is none other than former Representative Chad Magendanz (R), who received the Seattle Times endorsement over the incumbent. Magendanz served in the House of Representatives from 2013-17 and was the ranking minority member on Education. In 2016, he attempted to unseat Senator Mark Mullet (D-5) and lost. At this time, Callan is leading with 54.77%.

    In Seattle’s 37th, two Democrats, Chipalo Street (D) and Emijah Smith (D) faced off for retiring Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley’s (D-37) seat. Street is a principal program manager in Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer’s office, while Smith is the Chief of Staff at King County Equity Now, a pro-Black advocacy organization. At this time, Street leads with 54.40%.

    In North Seattle, two Democrats again sparred to take the seat of Representative Javier Valdez (D-46) who will be moving on to the Senate come January to take retiring Senator David Frockt’s (D-46) seat. At this time, Darya Farivar (D), the policy director at Disability Rights Washington is leading with 55.94% over pediatrician Dr. Lelach Rave.

    Two Republican incumbents are currently losing to Republican challengers. In the 4th (Spokane County), Leonard Christian (R) is beating Representative Rob Chase (R-4) with 50.82. Christian served for two months in 2014 upon the resignation of Representative Larry Crouse. And in the 39th (Snohomish County), Sam Low (R) is besting embattled Representative Robert Sutherland (R-39) with 55.14%.

    At this time, Southwest Washington is producing close races. In the 17th, for the seat of retiring Representative Vicki Kraft (R-17), Skamania Economic Development Manager Kevin Waters (R) is leading ICU Nurse Terri Niles (D) with 50.87%. In the 18th in the contest for retiring Representative Brandon Vick’s (R-18) seat, teacher John Zingale (D) is leading Stephanie McClintock (R) with 50.67%. In the other 18th seat, that of retiring Representative Larry Hoff (R-18), Greg Cheney (R) leads ICU nurse Duncan Camacho with 51.52%.

    In the Secretary of State race between appointed incumbent moderate Democrat Steve Hobbs and nonpartisan candidate Julie Anderson, Hobbs leads with 50.03% over Anderson’s 46.87%. Hobbs is the first person of color to serve in this position. A seasoned campaigner, Hobbs is also the first democrat to serve as Secretary of State since the appointment of republican Bruce Chapman in 1975. Washingtonians have consistently voted for republicans for this statewide office, even when republicans held no other statewide office. If elected, Anderson would be both the first woman and the first nonpartisan official in that position.

    If vote counts were final at this time, Democrats would retain commanding control over the Governor’s mansion, the Senate, and the House. I will continue to update as the picture becomes more clear this week."

  • Tue, November 01, 2022 2:13 PM | Leslie Simmons (Administrator)

    NYBA recently announced that they are seeking a full-time Operations Director/Boat Show Producer. This role is in charge of producing the two Boats Afloat Shows and to manage the overall operation of the organization. To review the job and apply, please check out the full job listing.

  • Tue, October 11, 2022 2:50 PM | Leslie Simmons (Administrator)

    NYBA Board of Directors Elections Announcement:
    Term Expiry Coming Soon for Executive Officer Seats and Director Seat

    The officers of NYBA include a president, a vice president, a secretary, a treasurer, and the immediate past president. All officer seats (with the exception of the immediate past president) are up for reelection as the 2-year term for the current officer seats ends on December 31, 2022. A Director seats is also up for election (director seats are a 3-year term).

    Current Board Members and Officers in good standing are eligible to run for Officer positions. Any NYBA member in good standing is eligible to run for a Director position. Serving on the NYBA Board of Directors is a great way to help build the visibility of the association within the marine industry, enhance your professional resume, and work together with a team committed to the continued success of the Boats Afloat Show on South Lake Union. 

    The term for the upcoming Officer seats is January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2025. The term for the upcoming Director seat is January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2026. Please
    review the NYBA By-laws to understand the scope of each role.

    If you are interested in being included on the ballot for a NYBA officer or director position, please complete this short online formThe deadline to sign up is November 1, 2022.


  • Tue, October 11, 2022 2:46 PM | Leslie Simmons (Administrator)

    Save the Date(s)! The dates for the 2023 Boats Afloat Shows have been announced: 

    Spring Show:
    April 27th-30th, 2023 (VIP Night: April 26th)

    Fall Show:
    September 14th-17th (VIP Night: September 13th)

    We look forward to seeing you at the next Boats Afloat Show!

  • Thu, July 07, 2022 9:48 AM | Leslie Simmons (Administrator)

    It's here! The Boats Afloat Show Exhibitor Application is now available. We hope you'll join NYBA at the biggest and best floating boat show on the West Coast, this September 15th-18th. Download your Exhibitor Application here! Early Bird Rate deadline is August 15th.

  • Tue, July 05, 2022 1:38 PM | Leslie Simmons (Administrator)

    A quick reminder - you have a little over one week left to renew your NYBA Membership before it lapses. Renewals were due on June 15th. After July 15th, un-renewed members will be considered 'lapsed' and will no longer have access to boat show discounts or professional events and services offered by NYBA. 

  • Tue, June 07, 2022 3:26 PM | Leslie Simmons (Administrator)

    Thank you for your support as we've transitioned to this new Wild Apricot platform for NYBA membership! We wanted to post a quick reminder that member renewals are due on June 15th - please be sure to renew by June 15th if you want to be included in the printed NYBA membership book. 

    Also - we encourage you to log in to your profile and review your contact details closely! You can easily make edits directly within the system, so your info is up to date.  

    If you forget your password, just click the "forgot password" link and you will be emailed a new one.

  • Fri, May 27, 2022 11:02 AM | Leslie Simmons (Administrator)

    Starting June 1, you will be able to access your NYBA Membership renewal invoice for easy online (or offline!) payment. Just click on your name in the upper right corner of the website and you'll see your info and invoice. 

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