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Chris Fairchild Elected APBA President

By: Tana Moore | APBA Staff Reporter | Dec 18, 2019

Eastpointe, Michigan — The American Power Boat Association regrets to announce that APBA President Howie Nichols of Cocoa, Florida resigned effective Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 2019 for personal reasons.

Howie had served as APBA President since Nov. 1, 2017. He helped Headquarters staff navigate several crucial personnel changes, and an ongoing makeover of the entire computer system. Howie worked hard to serve the entire membership and enhance APBA’s relationships with UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) the worldwide powerboat racing body, as well as independent racing series, categories, insurance providers, and motorsports tech companies. All APBA officers and Board members serve as volunteers. Howie managed to do all this in addition to his full-time job as a lieutenant firefighter, as well as racing his boat, and helping others race. His dedication and loyalty to the Association are very much appreciated.

APBA Vice President Chris Fairchild of Paw Paw, Illinois, has worked with Howie since 2017 and was elected at a Board meeting on Dec. 17th to serve as President for the remainder of the term. Chris has served as a BOD for many years and has been involved with many facets of the organization throughout his many years with APBA. He intends to maintain the agenda that Howie had set, and see it to completion.

Abby Pond has been appointed to the vacant Board of Directors seat.

Thanks to Howie Nichols, the officers and APBA Board for their continued service.