ICOMIA mourns loss of Jeff Napier
Published: Monday, 30 April 2018
Jeff Napier, former President of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), passed away at his home in Italy after battling Parkinson’s disease.
(Photo: Jeff Napier (third from right) at the 1993 IMCI Board Meeting)
Napier served on the ICOMIA Executive Committee from 1981-1988, and as President from 1986-1988. He was also the first President of the US trade association, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), from 1980.
In 1964, the man started his career in the recreational boating industry as a lawyer and lobbyist for the Boating Industry Association (BIA). As the lawyer for BIA, he performed much of the legal work to merge the association with the National Association of Engine and Boat Manufacturers (NAEBM) to create the NMMA.
Under Napier’s leadership, NMMA grew to include 1,800 members from 450, a staffed Washington office with additional state lobbyists, and more than 20 boat shows. He also created the original US boating industry political action committee in the 1970s.
In the face of non-tariff barriers that threatened NMMA member exports, he created the International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI), gaining recognition for the association by the European Union, which led to European certification of NMMA member products.
“Jeff was a much-loved husband and father, a long-time colleague and dear friend of ICOMIA. We mourn his passing and give thanks for his life of service to our recreational marine industry. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the Napier family at this tragic time,” said ICOMIA President, Jouko Huju.