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NMEA Instructor / Trainer Bios

Mike Spyros- Service Manager
Electronics Unlimited, Ft Lauderdale FL

Mike served as the NMEA Board of Directors Chairman from 2017 through 2019, and has been an NMEA Trainer since 2009. He is the Technical Director with Electronics Unlimited based out of Fort Lauderdale Florida starting there in 1982 as a service/bench technician. He has over 40 years experience installing, troubleshooting, repairing, and designing marine electronics systems on vessels up to 2000 He holds an FCC GROL, Radar Endorsement, GMDSS Maintainer/Operators License and is a Lifetime NMEA Certified Marine Electronics Technician (CMET), along with an ABYC Certified Electrician.


Kevin Boughton- Partner, Owner
Mid-Coast Marine Electronics, Rockland, ME

Kevin, Midcoast Marine Electronics in Rockland ME, has been an NMEA trainer since 2014. Kevin and his team of NMEA certified employees install and service most of the electronics installed on Maine's lobster boat fleet.  After electronics trade school and working for a local R.I. company that built telephone communications exchange equipment, Kevin joined the USCG and trained as a Boatswain’s Mate. He started in marine electronics in 1987 working for a company on Narragansett Bay in Barrington, R.I. In 1992 moved to Maine an established a marine electronics shop at a reputable marina in Camden, ME. After 6 years opened Midcoast Marine Electronics based in Thomaston, ME. In 2008, relocated MME to Rockland, ME. Joined the NMEA Education Committee in 2014 to present. Kevin holds an FCC GROL, Radar Endorsement, GMDSS Maintainer/Operators License and is an NMEA Certified Marine Electronics Technician (CMET), along with ABYC Certified Electrician.


John Barry- Owner
Technical Marine Support, Pleasant Prairie, WI

John has been an NMEA Trainer since 2013. He services the commercial shipping fleet in the Chicago / Milwaukee area in the great lakes. John Barry started Technical Marine Support Inc. to serve the marine electronics needs of boats operating in the Great Lakes and Inland waterways.  He holds NMEA CMET, FCC GROL and GMDSS licenses.  John has wide ranging experience on many types of boats, from yachts to commercial vessels, power to sail, large to small.  As an instructor, John has the ability to put complex technical subjects into understandable real world terms.  Today, TMS serves mostly commercial vessels on the Great Lakes and rivers, with integrated electronics installation, support and training.


Johnny Lindstrom
Omnisense Systems USA Inc, Port Angeles, WA

Johnny has been an NMEA trainer since 2006.  Johnny started in marine electronics at a dealership in 1977 as an installer because of his technical and mechanical back ground. He has since traveled to 5 continents and over 40 countries providing installation and project engineering for boat builders and ship operators.  Johnny has performed over 3000 installations of marine electronics ranging from simple VHF radios on small trailer-able boats to complete navigation and communications systems on board cruise ships such as Princess Cruises US fleet. He has served as consultant for several major marine electronics manufacturers in product design and development. In addition to his full time duties he has been an active member of the NMEA for over 30 years, and is currently the Past Board of Directors Chairman. Johnny holds an FCC GROL, Radar Endorsement, GMDSS Maintainer/Operators License and is an NMEA Certified Marine Electronics Technician (CMET), along with ABYC Certified Electrician.

 
Brandon Christopher – Light Marine Field Service Lead
Furuno U.S.A., Inc. – Denton, MD

Brandon joined the NMEA Education Committee in 2021 and started serving as a trainer that same year. For over 15 years Brandon served in multiple roles in the marine electronics industry selling, installing, troubleshooting, and repairing electronics for dealers in the Mid-Atlantic. In 2015, Brandon joined the Marine Electronics Manufacturer Furuno USA and currently serves as the Lead Light Marine Field Service Technician. His current duties include managing Furuno USA’s Field Services Department, performing vessel installation inspections, and hosting training seminars, webinars, and instructional videos for Furuno USA’s dealers. Brandon holds an FCC GROL, Radar Endorsement and is an NMEA Certified Marine Electronics Technician (CMET).
 

 
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