Q&A with Melissa Danko, 2015 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year


By Brianna Liestman
November 30, 2015

Melissa Danko, executive director of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, was named the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year for 2015 at the awards breakfast during the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which took play on Nov. 15-18. Danko has led the for the past 15 years after working in the... Read more »

Weekly 5: Sales ‘way up’ at FLIBS


Jonathan Sweet
November 23, 2015

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 Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Sales 'way up' at FLIBS While attendance was down about 2 percent for this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, sales... Read more »

METS 2015: Exhibitor, attendee records fall

Thursday Crowds

Craig Ritchie
November 23, 2015

A record number of exhibitors welcomed a record number of visitors to the 2015 METS, marking a significant milestone for the show and signaling a global turnaround for the recreational boating industry. Show organizers have announced a final attendance of 21,953, representing a 4 percent increase over... Read more »

Boating Industry names 2015 Top 100

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Boating Industry
November 19, 2015

Boating Industry announced the 11th annual list of Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Wednesday in Orlando. “As the Top 100 enters its second decade, the dealers on this year's list are healthier than they have been in years,” said Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet. “The 2015 Top... Read more »

METS 2015: Busy week for U.S. exhibitors at METS

METS Wednesday Crowds1

Craig Ritchie
November 18, 2015

The 2015 METS has been a show of superlatives, and particularly so for US-based exhibitors. The largest US pavilion in the show’s 27-year history has been attracting unprecedented levels of traffic, according to exhibitors and show organizers alike. METS marketing and communications manager Irene Dros... Read more »

2015 METS opens to packed aisles

US Ambassador Timothy Broas ribbon cutting at US Pavilion

Craig Ritchie
November 17, 2015

The 2015 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) started with a bang, as large crowds surged through a massive Amsterdam Rai convention complex that is already packed with a record number of exhibitors. In all 1,385 companies from 45 different countries are exhibiting at this year’s METS, the largest number... Read more »

METS 2015: 3D Printing has “massive potential” in boat manufacturing

Peter Sander

Craig Ritchie
November 17, 2015

In his keynote address to a large crowd at the 2015 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) Breakfast Briefing, Peter Sander, manager of emerging technologies and concepts at Airbus Industries, spoke at length about the “massive potential” for 3D printing to change every manufacturing industry, including... Read more »

METS 2015: Two overall winners named for 2015 DAME Award

2015 DAME Winners

Craig Ritchie
November 17, 2015

MORE FROM METS: 2015 METS opens to packed aisles METS 2015: 3D Printing has “massive potential” in boat manufacturing The Spinlock Lume-On and Humphree Electric Stabilizing Fin and Interceptor System were selected as overall winners of the 25th annual Design Award METS (DAME), presented Tuesday morning... Read more »

Why are we still telling customers what to do?


John Graham
November 16, 2015

Even though we know that “telling isn’t selling,” we can’t stop doing it. It’s become “second nature” to tell customers what to think, believe, and buy. In a sense it is, since most of us were raised to respect authority, whether it was the police, teachers, clergy, bosses, doctors, accountants,... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Employment and job openings hold steady


By Brianna Liestman
November 12, 2015

The unemployment rate, which is measured in October, remained unchanged this month. Job openings, which are measured in September, were also unchanged. However, while the number of job openings largely held steady year-over-year, the unemployment rate has seen an annual decline. Employment situation Total... Read more »

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