FarSounder chairman receives leadership award  

Cheryl Zimmerman, chairman of the board at sonar specialist FarSounder, has received the Marine and Oceanographic Technology Network’s (MOTN) annual Steve Withrow award.

The MOTN award is given to individuals who show leadership in advancing the marine and oceanographic technology industry. 

The award was presented to Zimmerman on 25 January at the Blue Innovation Symposium event in Newport, Rhode Island.

Zimmerman is a long-standing board member and past president of MOTN. Formed in 1994, MOTN is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting, supporting, and expanding marine technology manufacturing and service businesses throughout New England.

Steven Withrow, former executive director of the organisation and the person who the award is named for, presented the award.

“It is an honour to be recognised for my contributions to the industry. I am proud of my 20 years of leading FarSounder as CEO, from bringing the technology to market to being globally recognised as the leader in Forward Looking Sonar,” says Zimmerman. “My new role now as market strategist enables me to focus on niche markets, including Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV).

“I thank the Blue Innovation Symposium and MOTN for this award and for being a catalyst for innovative technology in the USV market and many others.”

FarSounder has attributed part of its early growth to its MOTN membership. MOTN is an organisation that fosters cooperation between, and opportunities for, its member companies to increase business and develop connections both in and outside of the organisation.

In September, MIN reported that FarSounder had announced new enhancements to its SonaSoft Software featuring an expansion of its local history mapping (LHM) application.

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