AMTA Names New President

Michele Stevens has been appointed president of the Atlantic Marine Trades Association (AMTA). Announced at the organization's Conference and Annual General Meeting in Halifax, NS, Stevens, who has more than 10 years of experience in the marine industry, briefly served as treasurer of the AMTA before taking on her new role as president.

Stevens, a fourth-generation sail maker, opened Michele Stevens Sailloft Ltd. in Lunenburg, NS in 1994, which specializes in custom-made cruising sails, sail repairs and accessories. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association, the Nova Scotia Schooner Association and the Lunenburg Board of Trade. In 2002 and 2003, Stevens was chair of the Mahone Bay Classic Boat Festival.

Stevens was also the founding member of the Mahone Bay Quilt Guild where she served as president, the past chair of a local quilt show and past president of a local political organization.

According to Stevens, her aim as the AMTA's new president is to “maintain a level of confidence in our industry and to expand our membership to include a broader spectrum of companies involved in the boating industry.”

Stevens has announced that the AMTA will expand its membership to include Newfoundland this year.

Michele Stevens can be reached at (902) 634-9338;