Ed Smith Promoted to Vice President at BTS

BTS-150Today, Armand Zigahn (Zig), Founder and Executive Director of Beneath the Sea and Beneath the Sea’s President, JoAnn Zigahn, announced a reorganization of their Seminar and Workshop divisions, including promotions that accompany such reorganization.

Ed Smith, long time Senior Director of Seminars, and a well-known member of the local technical dive community, has been promoted to vice President. Ed’s new job is overseeing and blending the newly combined Seminar & Workshop Programs division. In organizing his new responsibilities, Ed has invited, Alan Rios and Bernie Chowdhury to join him as his Directors in focusing those divisions.

Lada Simek, long known as the Senior Director of the Workshop section of Beneath the Sea, has requested a well-earned rest after forty years of service. Lada will pass his Workshop duties on to Alan Rios, who will take over as Director. , Old habits die-hard and Lada will remain with Beneath the Sea, as Senior Director Emeritus, to be both mentor and docent to Alan Rios working for Ed Smith.

We welcome Bernie Chowdhury to Beneath the Sea management. Bernie is well known throughout the technical dive community for his book “The Last Dive,” and later as publisher of Immersed Magazine.

As he has in recent years, Director Jim Sacci will continue to work with Ed Smith helping to shape the growing responsibilities of the Seminar section.

It is expected that all eyes will be on this reorganization for both the Executive Director and President have charged their new Vp, Ed Smith, with sharpening the focus of his new division on diving in the twenty-first century both locally and around the world: technically, recreationally, environmentally.

Consider making yourself a part of Beneath the Sea’s 40th Anniversary Dive, Travel, and Oceans Exposition April 1 – 3, 2016 at the Meadowbrook Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey.

About Gene Muchanski

Executive Director at Dive Industry Association. Board Member at Dive Industry Foundation. Marketing Consultant to the Diving Industry. I have been a certified Scuba Diver since I was 15 years old and have been a passionate waterman for as long as I can remember.
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