Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust (MMTET) Overview

MMTET is a nonprofit foundation, approved by the IRS, which funds efforts to accomplish the educational goals of the Massachusetts Marine Trades. Currently Five trustees govern the foundation and the MMTA Educational Committee serves as an advisory panel for the Trust. Current MMTET initiatives include establishing an institution of higher learning for marine and environmental studies called the Ocean Campus Center, assisting in the establishment and continuance of marine technology programs on the high school and college levels across the commonwealth, and pursuing opportunities and events for getting more kids on the water. In addition, the MMTET awards scholarships to deserving individuals pursuing careers in the MA marine trades and awards grants to nonprofit youth boating programs in Massachusetts.

MMTET Trustees:

    Ed Lofgren Chairman

Ed is the founder and Chairman of the Educational Trust. In addition Ed is a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine & Environmental Education Alliance (MEEA), a nonprofit dedicated to the establishment of THE OCEAN CAMPUS, a post-secondary school for marine and environmental technicians. Ed is also a long time member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, serving as the Chair for the Education Committee. Ed is part owner and operator of 3A Marine Service, Inc., a Hingham, MA based boat dealership. He is a graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor's degree in history and government and a masters in international relations. He has taught in the Ma. Public schools system and on the university level as well. Ed has served on the Youth Council for the South Shore Workforce Investment Board. He has served as President of the Marine Retailers Association of the America's Educational Trust.

Pursuing a lifelong interest in the environment, Ed has served (in the past) as a Director on the Board of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay (Boston) and currently advocates on behalf of the preservation of the Weymouth Back River and Herring Run. Ed also serves on the Parish Council of his church, the Panagia Greek Orthodox Church of Cohasset, Ma. Primary interests include the promotion of workforce development with an emphasis on efforts to alleviate the shortage of skilled technicians in the recreational marine trades. Ed is married to his long time friend of over 50 years, Angela (Krest) Lofgren, and has two daughters, Melanie Krause, who is now the primary stockholder/stakeholder in the boat dealership, and Cynthia Martin, a high school teacher, and has two grandchildren, Matt and Tom Martin.

    Mac Donaldson Trustee

Mac Donaldson, MMTET Trustee & Boating Industry Enthusiast. Mac grew up with a love of boats. After 28 years in the high tech industry, he "retired" to the marine industry where he spent 15 years, the last 10 as General Manager of Manchester Marine, a full service yard employing approximately 30 people and offering storage and slips. Mac "retired" again in 2015, but continues to pursue his passion as a member of MMTET, focusing intensely on promoting marine technician education in public vocational schools and high schools.

    Randall Lyons Trustee

Randall has over 20 years of boating industry experience working for the Nantucket Boat Basin for 10 years, Russo Marine for one year and Newburyport Marinas for10 years before starting in his current position as Executive Director for the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA). Randall had worked with the Association for close to 8 years before coming on board as a staff member. He is the founder of the "Stay Local boat Ma" transient referral program which started back in 2009 and remains an MMTA run program. He also was on the MMTA board of directors from 2011 to 2016 in various positions before leaving the board to begin his employment with the Association. In 2012 he was awarded the designation of certified marina manager (CMM) from the Association of Marina Industries. In 2016, he focused on a new initiative to get more kids on the water to bolster the sustainability of the boating industry which led to a new committee within MMTA and MMTET called KIDS in BOATING. This initiative focuses on opportunities to get more kids on the water participating in boating. From this initiative Mass KIDS Boating Day was also created in 2017 to focus on various youth boating events taking place around the state. As a Trustee with the Educational Trust he has focused a lot of his time working on workforce development related issues to help MMTA members, Educational facilities and those looking to pursue jobs within the boating industry in Massachusetts.

    Adam Cooper Trustee

Working alongside members of MMTA, Adam strives to grow the Marine Trade Industry focusing on education, job creation, and recruitment of skilled craftsmen. Since 2012 he has served in various positions within the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association and is currently the 2nd Vice President and a newly appointed Trustee of the MMTET Education branch.

Adam's utilized his love of the ocean into a full-time career, serving first in the Coast Guard throughout the 1990's before taking various Management positions with Hawthorne Cove and Russo Marine, before finding his lasting home as the General Manager at Manchester Marine. When not at work you can still find him on the water often with a surfboard or on his Harley cruising the coastlines.

    Paul Jermain Trustee

Paul is an experienced boater, and seasoned executive with over 30 years of management experience in commercial and non-profit organizations.

He became involved in boating in his youth and, since 2006, has produced over 215 episodes of Smart Boating, an educational TV show aired nationally on public access cable TV stations and the Internet.

Paul's work in the commercial sector includes successful experience in senior marketing management positions within global and start-up telecommunications companies. In addition, he has worked with hundreds of small organizations, as an instructor and consultant, to support the development of effective business plans and launch of successful new businesses.

Over the past decade, he has served in various non-profit management positions, including interim Executive Director and Board President at 1623 Studios, a regional public access cable TV organization.