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Q&A with MDCE closing keynote speaker Sam Dantzler

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Sam Dantzler of Sam’s Watersports Dock and Garage Composites is a familiar face to anyone who has attended the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in the past few years. However, the 2016 MDCE will offer attendees to experience Dantzler’s expertise in a whole new way. Dantzler will present the closing keynote, “Change: It’s the Only Option,” on the final day ...

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Boat sales up across all segments in June

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Sales of powerboats were up in every category for the 12 months ending in June, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. The Bellwether report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the US boat market (varies by market ...

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Weekly 5: Industry delivers comments on ethanol standards

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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. Industry delivers comments on ethanol standards Industry groups submitted thousands of comments from the industry, speaking out against increased ethanol levels as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard. ...

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NMMA, ICAST collaboration lauded as win-win

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New Marine Accessories Pavilion at world’s largest fishing show lauded by aftermarket accessory manufacturers A new collaboration between the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the American Sportfishing Association to host the first-ever Marine Accessories Pavilion at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades trade show had met with overwhelming support from exhibitors. The new-for-2016 Marine Accessories Pavilion presented a wide ...

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Economic Snapshot: Unemployment rises, job openings fall

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This month’s jobs report is less positive than past months, with the number of unemployed persons increasing in June and the number of job openings decreasing on the last business day of May. Employment situation Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 287,000 jobs and the unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage points to 4.9 percent in June. The number of ...

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Freedom Boat Club makes major donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

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Freedom Boat Club recently concluded its first-ever cause-marketing campaign to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Total donations raised by Freedom Boat Clubs nationwide totaled $61,594.00. Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio presented the check to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Pam Iorio at the organization’s national headquarters in Tampa on July 12. ...

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Weekly 5: New crowdfunding effort for Miami Marine Stadium

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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. New crowdfunding effort for Miami Marine Stadium (Video) The city of Miami has launched a new crowdfunding campaign in partnership with Heineken in another attempt to restore and ...

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NMMA urges EPA to lower proposed RFS ethanol volume

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), along with American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), held a conference call on Monday to discuss The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed increase for the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2017. The proposal calls for renewable fuel volumes of 18.8 billion gallons in 2017, a 3.8 percent increase from 2016 and ...

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