The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announced that industry veteran Craig Scholten has joined the standards-crafting organization as technical vice president.
In this newly created position, Scholten will oversee the ABYC technical department and be responsible for ABYC’s relationship with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and compliance with Europe’s Recreational Craft Directive (RCD). Scholten will also be working with the membership department to help add value to new and existing members from a technical resource perspective.
“I have worked with Craig for over 14 years, never has someone been more qualified to further the ABYC mission than Craig,” said John Adey, ABYC president, in a statement. “His expertise in applying our standards to production boatbuilding gives him a unique perspective to increase the value of an ABYC membership both nationally and internationally.”
Scholten has 33 years of experience in the boating industry. He joins ABYC from Rec Boat Holdings, LLC, where he most recently served as production engineering/product compliance manager. In this role, he provided the global product compliance and certification of Four Winns, Glastron, Scarab, and Wellcraft boats and trailers. His additional industry credentials include: standards compliance specialist at the National Marine Manufacturers Association; product compliance manager at Outboard Marine Corporation; and director of product compliance at Genmar. He is also an ABYC master technician and served as the organization’s technical board chairman.
“I am excited to join ABYC’s talented team as technical vice president and to continue the tradition of outstanding member service,” said Scholten. “I have a passion for global compliance and will draw on my years of experience to provide positive contributions to the industry. I am honored to represent one of the most trusted organizations in the world and look forward to enhancing your membership experience for many years to come.”
To learn more about ABYC and the technical department, visit www.abycinc.org.