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.
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
I have had the pleasure of working in the Massachusetts recreational boating industry for the last 25 years starting in a seasonal position during college. I am currently the Executive Director for the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) which is a non-profit 501C6 trade association supporting the recreational boating industry in MA since 1964. I have been in this position for the last 5+ years. I am also a Trustee with the Mass Marine Trades Educational Trust (MMTET) a Board member of the New England Marine Trades Association (NEMTA), A Board member of the MassHire State Workforce Board, a member of the Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary Advisory Council and A board member for IMTRA. I started a Kid’s in Boating initiative with the MMTA & educational trust to focus on introducing more young people to boating and fishing, which I remain passionate about.
I live in Foxboro, MA with my wife Carolyn and two Kids Grady & Scarlett. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, playing various sports, walking with my boxer dog Peanut and spending time on or near the water. I love the career choice I made, and I am passionate about introducing more people to the industry in one way or another. I am very fortunate to work and represent the recreational boating industry in Massachusetts.
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.