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Recognizing the industry’s best

This month’s issue features Boating Industry Magazine’s Top 100 as we honor the best boat dealers in North America for the 13th time. This year’s Top 100 is stronger than we’ve ever seen in the history of the program. Total revenue for the 2017 Top 100 dealers and Hall of Fame topped $3 billion for the first time – up ...

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At The Helm: Participation in 20 group gathering provides unique industry insight

Each year, Boating Industry’s Top 100 Dealer Application includes a query about 20 group participation. Dealers are asked to explain the role they play within this unique learning community, which delivers best business practices, peer reviews of financial performance, and the opportunity to improve professionalism and profitability. American author, scientist, and statesman Benjamin Franklin first used the 20 group concept ...

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Boating Industry names 2017 Top 100

Boating Industry announced the 2017 Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Dec. 13 in Orlando. “From the thousands of dealers in North America – and hundreds of nominations – these 100 dealers are the best of the best,” said Top 100 Program Director Jonathan Sweet. “These dealers excel not only at the business of selling boats, but also delivering a ...

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Wanda Kenton Smith named Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year

Wanda Kenton Smith of Freedom Boat Club has been selected as the recipient of the 31st annual Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award. The scholarship was presented to Kenton Smith on Sunday evening, Dec. 10, during the the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Opening Night Awards Celebration at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Joining the marine ...

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Boating Industry’s new associate editor says hello

A little over two weeks into my new adventure at Boating Industry and I realized I hadn’t introduced myself yet…so, hi! My name is Adam Quandt and I was brought on to serve as the new Associate Editor here at Boating Industry, and I’m super excited to be here and begin this new endeavor. Despite not being a boat owner ...

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Q & A with MDCE closing keynote Rory Vaden

Self-discipline strategist and business motivational speaker Rory Vaden will present the closing keynote at the 2017 Marine Dealers Conference & Expo, which will be held Dec. 10-13 at the Orange County Convention Center. Vaden’s presentation – “Leaders Take the Stairs: Creating a Culture of Discipline” – will conclude the MDCE event schedule on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. During ...

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Q & A with MDCE opening keynote Tim Sanders

At this year's Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, Tim Sanders will deliver the opening keynote. His talk, “How Digital Can Supercharge Your Business,” will offer advice on how to leverage customer media, inexpensive content, and targeted social ads to help dealers bring clients through the door. Sanders is an Internet pioneer and New York Times best-selling author. He was an ...

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Grow Boating and MRAA unveil MDCE educational partnership

Grow Boating Inc. and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas are partnering to provide training and education at the 2017 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, to be held Dec. 10-13 in Orlando. During the Grow Boating Summit in December 2016, which was held to take a pulse on the industry’s support of the Discover Boating campaign, participants voted unanimously ...

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MRAA announces MCDE awards celebration plans

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas will host an Opening Night Awards Celebration at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. The MRAA Awards Celebration will shine a spotlight on marine industry workforce efforts, showcasing a series of awards and scholarships to be presented by both the MRAA and the MRAA Educational Foundation. Other recognitions will include Marine Industry Certified Dealerships, ...

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Boating Industry names Jack Springer Mover & Shaker of the Year

Malibu Boats, LLC CEO Jack Springer has been named the 2017 Boating Industry Mover & Shaker of the Year. Boating Industry Editor Tim Hennagir presented Springer with the award during the IBEX Industry Breakfast Tuesday morning in Tampa. “While other companies hesitated to launch a new brand during a recession, Malibu did so with Axis, its fourth-largest inboard boat brand, ...

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