The Llc is a licensee of APBA. They essentially lease the Offshore category from APBA so you would not see their names on a ballot for election of officers unless individuals of the Llc wanted to serve on the overall APBA Board. APBA is composed of several categories, Offshore being one of them. Others include Stock outboard, Mod outboard, Pro Outboard, Inboard, Unlimited Hydroplane, Inboard Endurance, OPC, R/C and others. The APBA Board of Directors sets policy and direction, which is then executed by the various categories. Each category generally has it's own governance as to rules, etc. The Category will have a Chairman elected by the category members, and the Chair then appoints commission members to make up their leadership team. There are variations of this in different categories, but that's pretty much how it works.
Within APBA there are over 100 local clubs, who are the folks that put on the more than 240 races per year. These include local Kiwanis to long time stalwarts like the Southern California Speedboat Club, Great Lakes Offshore Powerboat Racing Association, OPBRA, etc.
There are also race series within APBA that race specific category classes. For instance APR Superleague has been around over 10 years and runs SST 120 tunnel hulls (and other classes) at a set number of races and cities each year. The Champ boat series is another that runs what we might know as Mod U tunnels or "Champ" boats. These classes fall under the OPC category. The promoters of these series ( like local clubs) sanction with APBA to conduct their specific events.
The origins of APBA go back to 1903 and the New York Yacht Club. In fact the general secretary of APBA for almost 20 years was Chapman, he of the Chapman guide to boat handling, etc. In times past, and to this day, a local club would hold one big race ( or more) each year and that race times over a 100 clubs produced the totality of APBA racing.
All this to day, hi Cat, how's things on the left.