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Brown elected president of national
boating and water safety organization
SAN DIEGO (April 4, 2016)– During its 65th annual meeting, held in San Diego, Calif., the National Water Safety Congress (NWSC) elected Lt. Mark Brown, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Marine Enforcement Section, as president of the nonprofit organization for the 2016-17 term. He succeeds Brian C. Westfall, CHI, natural resources specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ouachita Project Management Office.
Lt. Mark Brown began serving the citizens of Oklahoma on July 7, 1986, as a state trooper assigned to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Lake Patrol Division. His first assignment was as a marine patrol officer on the 10,100-acre Waurika Lake located in southwestern Oklahoma. Since 1998, Lt. Brown has served as a subject matter expert for Oklahoma boating laws, special rules and regulations. He has helped draft bills implementing changes in Oklahoma’s boating laws, most notably, the Kyle Williams Boating Education Act. Enacted by the Oklahoma Legislature in 2006, this act requires mandatory boater education for the youth of Oklahoma.
Lieutenant Brown has been an active member of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Education & Outreach Committee and served as the committee chair. In December 2013, Brown was promoted to lieutenant and named Oklahoma’s boating law administrator. He is a member of NASBLA’s Recreational Boating Safety Professional Certification Commission. In 2014, he was named to the NASBLA Executive Board as a Member-At-Large.
Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University. He has received the NASBLA Boating Safety Award, Southern States Boating Law Administrators Association Officer of the Year Award, Oklahoma Troop Commanders Award, and Severe Weather Response and Murrah Bombing ribbons.
Prior to being elected president, Brown served as vice president, treasurer and awards chair of the National Water Safety Congress.
Other officers of the association serving with Lt. Brown include:
· Vice President – Keith Christopher, Sea Scouts BSA
· Treasurer – Alan Bland, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
· Secretary – Amy Shultz, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
· Past President – Brian Westfall, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
· Member-at-Large – Zac Campbell, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
· Member-at-Large – Ron Sarver, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators
The National Water Safety Congress (NWSC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting recreational water and boating safety. Organized in 1951 the NWSC was one of the first water safety organizations, and today is noted for its International Boating and Water Safety Summit and Cold Water Boot Camp USA. To learn more about how NWSC works to increase water safety, visit http://www.watersafetycongress.org.
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