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Doug Palladini elected president of SIMA

April 30, 2009 1:08 PM

From SIMA:


- Doug Palladini Elected New SIMA President -

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (April 30, 2009) - The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is proud to announce the newly elected and appointed Board Members for 2009. After 10 years under the revolutionary presidential leadership and guidance of Dick Baker, the SIMA membership has elected Doug Palladini, Vice President of Marketing for Vans and previously a SIMA Board of Director, to succeed Baker as the new president of SIMA.

"I am excited that the SIMA Board and membership have elected me as the next SIMA President, and sincerely humbled that Dick Baker was so supportive of my nomination to succeed him," said Palladini, new SIMA President. "While I cannot possibly fill Dick's shoes, I do intend to honor his legacy by working closely with all member companies to grow and promote the surf industry as effectively as possible."

While Palladini is the newly elected SIMA President, the rest of the SIMA Officers will continue to serve out the remainder of their terms. Continuing their roles as officers are: Chad DiNenna, Co-founder and Director of Marketing for Nixon, as SIMA Vice President; Joel Cooper, CEO of Lost International, as SIMA Treasurer; and Greg Macias, Vice President of Marketing for Quiksilver, as SIMA Secretary.

There are two new faces in the SIMA boardroom. Shea Weber, President of Dewey Weber International Inc., was elected to the Board of Directors. Toby Bost, CEO of the La Jolla Group, has been appointed to the SIMA Advisory Board.

"I have been serving on the SIMA Board Builder Committee since 2006 and it has been a great experience working with other industry professionals to enhance and expand the opportunities for board builders," said Weber. "I am excited about the additional opportunity to help the industry as a SIMA Board of Director. I look forward to working with existing officers and directors and am anxious to get started."

SIMA's Board of Directors and Nominating Committee nominate Director candidates and appoint Advisors based on their individual commitment to devote time to serving on committees, attending the monthly meetings, and overall contribution - as opposed to the company they work for. Members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards must belong to a paid SIMA member company and be able to put aside the interests of their own company to do what is best for the surf industry and SIMA. With that in mind, members of SIMA's Board of Directors and Advisory Boards represent a well-balanced array of companies and product categories, from footwear manufacturers to board builders.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the amazing group of people on this board and within this organization," said Bost. "The influence SIMA has had on our industry over the years is unquestionable and it's exciting to play an active role in continuing our collective success."

In addition to the newly elected and appointed Board members, Dan McInerny, Vice President of Sales for Olukai, been elected to the Board of Directors. McInerny previously served on the SIMA Advisory Board.

"It is quite an honor for me to serve on the SIMA Board of Directors," said McInerny. "Ever since my dad walked me down the beach at San Onofre in 1968 to buy my first board, I have had an affinity for surfing and the ocean lifestyle. We are a part of something special at SIMA. I look forward to serving the industry and preserving the lifestyle that has shaped my life and will undoubtedly shape those of future generations."

SIMA elections are held each year, with half of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board positions open for election/appointment from year to year. The terms of the newly elected and appointed positions run from April 2009 through April 2011. Following the 2009 election, the efforts of SIMA are guided by an 11-member Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has appointed seven non-voting Senior Advisory Board members and 16 non-voting Advisory Board members.

For media inquiries and a complete list of the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards, please contact Mandy Johnson at mandy@sima.com or 949.366.1164 x7.

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers. Founded in 1989, SIMA is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, educational programs and research. In addition, SIMA actively supports oceanic environmental efforts through its 501(c)(3) charitable environmental foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund. In the past 19 years, SIMA's Environmental Fund has raised more than $4.4 million for environmental groups seeking to protect the world's oceans, beaches and waves. For more information about SIMA, visit www.sima.com.


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