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Economic Snapshot: Private sector employment adds 153,000 jobs


The ADP Employment Report, which tracks private sector employment, shows 153,000 jobs were added in December. Monthly averages of private sector employment are down by 35,000 from 2015. ADP employment Private sector employment increased by 153,000 jobs in December, which is down significantly from the 215,000 jobs added in November. “As we exit 2016, it’s interesting to note that the ...

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Construction for 2017 Miami Boat Show well underway


Construction for the 2017 Miami International Boat Show began on Dec. 1 and is on its way to building a record-breaking show. MIBS will run from Feb. 16-20, 2017 at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin at Key Biscayne. The show is prepared to host its expected 100,000 or more attendees in mid-February. Many improvements have been made to ...

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Economic Snapshot: Consumer confidence rises to 15-year high


Consumer confidence is up again this month, now at its highest level in 15 years. Consumer confidence The Consumer Confidence Index posted another gain in December after a considerable increase in November. The index now stands at 113.7, up from 109.4 last month. The Expectations Index jumped from 94.4 to 105.5 but the Present Situation Index decreased from 132.0 to ...

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Why doing a good job won’t get you anywhere


If you think doing a good job is what it takes to get to the head of the pack, you’re naïve, confused, delusional, or all three. Take your pick. And here’s why. Doing a good job is the starting point, the baseline. It’s what’s expected. There are plenty of people doing a good, even a great job. But they’re dead ...

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IBEX/METS partnership means growth, larger international presence


At the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast in October, show organizers announced that the owners and producers of METS would be the new co-owner of the annual IBEX show. RAI Amsterdam has purchased a 50 percent stake in IBEX from WoodenBoat Publications Inc., publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine and will now be an equal partner with the National Marine Manufacturers Association. ...

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Weekly 5: MIASF CEO stepping down in 2018


The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. MIASF CEO stepping down in 2018 Phil Purcell, CEO and executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, will leave the organization in January 2018, South ...

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2016 Editor’s Choice: Futrell Marine


Futrell Marine Nashville, Ark. One of the most important factors in the Top 100 is how dealers improve. No matter how good a company is, the best recognize that you can always get better. It’s a trait apparent throughout the best dealers on the list, and one that Futrell exemplified in 2015. Most notably, Futrell moved into the burgeoning wake ...

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2016 Editor’s Choice: Skier’s Marine


Skier’s Marine Westover, Ala. There’s no doubt that Skier’s Marine operates in an extremely competitive boat market. Among other boat dealerships, Skier’s competes with two of the top four ranked dealers in the 2016 Top 100 — Singleton Marine and Russell Marine. But Skier’s Marine holds its own. In 2015, the dealership was able to increase its revenue by 58 ...

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2016 Editor’s Choice: Buckeye Sports Center, Inc.


Buckeye Sports Center, Inc. Peninsula, Ohio This year’s Top 100 was incredibly strong and led to some very difficult decisions. For me, my editor’s choice was not one of them. Buckeye Sports Center had a great 2015. When we talk about improvement year over year, we want to see dealers make significant steps to enhance their businesses. The changes themselves ...

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2016 Hall of Fame: Best Practices


Boating Industry Top 100 Hall of Fame: MarineMax – Clearwater, Fla. Galati Yacht Sales – Anna Maria, Fla. Prince William Marina – Woodbridge, Va. Legendary Marine – Destin, Fla. Gordy’s Lakefront Marine – Fontana, Wis. The Boating Industry Top 100 Hall of Fame recognizes dealers who have won the coveted Dealer of the Year award twice. These companies support the ...

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