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Zenon Bilas, is a seven time U.S. national barefoot water ski champion. He coaches water skiers throughout the world and has made clinic stops throughout North America and out of way places like China, Japan, northern Sweden near the Arctic Circle and Brazil.
Ed Sherman is an award winning author of many magazine articles for publications like Cruising World, Boating, Soundings, Professional Boat Builder and Sailing World. He's also authored four trade books titled: Outboard Engines, Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair, The Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems, The 12 Volt Bible For Boats and Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting.
Ed serves as the Director of Educational Programming for the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC). He has designed all of the industry certification programs that the ABYC currently offers. In addition, he's created and delivered customized training programs for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA dealing with issues related to their small boat fleets.
Ed is a nearly 40 year industry insider who loves to share what he has learned with other boaters.
During his 25-year career Eric Colby has served as Senior Technical Editor at Boating Magazine as well as Editor In Chief at Powerboat Magazine, Eric has won numerous awards from Boating Writers International and is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design. A former offshore racer, Eric holds the “unofficial” title of fastest journalist on the water having run 172 mph in the 36’ Skater, Flight Club, at the 1000 Islands Poker Run in 2008.
Bill Grannis is a long time marine technician with over 47 years of experience in the repair sector. He also authors technical articles and has received 4 writing awards from Boating Writers International. Working for many boat dealers in the Midwest and in the South plus a few years with OMC’s Engineering Department give him a unique perspective for fixing boats and motors.
Dan Armitage, the popular Ohio-based freelance outdoor writer, photographer, radio show host and speaker is a stalwart marine journalist with many credits, and he hosts the weekly radio program “Buckeye Sportsman with Dan Armitage" syndicated in 25 Midwest markets. Armitage is an active member of Boating Writers International, the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and holds a USCG Captain’s license with a 50 ton Master rating. Armitage has been recognized by the National Safe Boating Council for promoting boating safety in his articles, seminars and radio program.
Joining Boating magazine as West Coast Editor, Jim Hendricks brings with him 35 years of owning, trailering and skippering boats. Hendricks is an award-winning boating writer, columnist and editor. He served as the editor of Trailer Boats magazine for 14 years, and at the same time was editorial director for Powerboat magazine. In 2003, Hendricks also won the prestigious Moulton H. “Monk” Farnham Award for Excellence in Editorial Commentary.
Boat builder, former boatyard manager, tournament winning fisherman captain, author of “Falvey’s Guide to Fishing Long Island,” Kevin is the new editor in chief of Boating magazine after spending the last dozen years as Senior Technical Editor. With a degree in Journalism from New York Institute of Technology, he resides on Eastern Long Island with his two daughters, where they live the boating life.
Deputy Editor, Boating Magazine. Pete McDonald grew up around boats and the boating culture of South Florida. He has been involved with Boating Magazine for over 14 years, and currently resides in Long Island, NY, where he boats on both Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.
Randy Vance is a lifelong boater with an extended background in recreational boating and recreational marine communications. For over ten years, he was the editor in chief of Boating Life magazine and also assumed the helm of Boating magazine. Randy’s passion for boating journalism and communicating the fun and adventure of have been his career objective.