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Salvisa native John M. Johnson received the William B. Garner National Boating Safety Leadership Award earlier this month in Milwaukee, according to a news release from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
He received the award “in recognition of his ongoing efforts to steer the national nonprofit organization,” the news release said.
Johnson has been employed with NASBLA for more than 20 years. In the early stages of his career, while working for the Center of Recreational Safety as an administrative contractor for NASBLA, he provided administrative support, taking notes at meetings and ensuring there were plenty of coffee and drinks the board meetings. As NASBLA began to emerge as a national organization, Johnson emerged as a leader as NASBLA moved to a new, more directed board governance model, organizers said.
“John is an exemplary example of a person who stays the course regardless of popularity or criticism. His vision for NASBLA has thrust this association into the forefront of the highest level of respect and esteem within the recreational boating safety community,” said NASBLA president James Graybeal.
NASBLA developed the Garner Award to recognize and commend the accomplishments of those rare individuals whose vision, persistence and willingness to go beyond the status quo puts them on the frontier of recreational boating safety, organizers said. It honors those men and women whose outstanding effort and achievement have elevated state or federal policy interventions to heights not previously attained.