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Sara Anghel named 2019 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year

Sara Anghel of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada has been selected as the recipient of the thirty-third annual Darlene Briggs Marine Industry Woman of the Year Award. The award was presented to Anghel by the 2018 award recipient, Angela Pilkington, on Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, as part of the Dealer Week Awards Luncheon in Tampa, Fla. The Darlene ...

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Trump, Congressional Democrats strike deal on new NAFTA

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives reached an agreement to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico – now known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – setting up a full vote in the House as early as next week. In response, NMMA said it welcomed the news, calling ...

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House of Representatives advances coastal management, conservation legislation

With several high-profile initiatives awaiting Congressional action before the end of the year, a package of ten bills focused on bolstering coastal management and improving climate resiliency programs made its way to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this week. After hours of debate on the measure, the chamber passed the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act ...

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Mercury Marine wins sustainable process award for aluminum use

Mercury Marine received the Sustainable Process Award from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council (WSBC) at the Sustainable Business Awards Ceremony. The award recognized Mercury Marine for several sustainable practices in the company’s process of using aluminum for manufacturing outboard marine engine blocks. “We’re certainly not the only manufacturer to use aluminum in building engine blocks but, as this award attests, ...

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Sportsman Boats debuts latest flagship model

Sportsman Boats unveiled the company’s new Open 352 Center Console at the 8th Annual Dealer Sales Training Event. The builder said this new flagship builds on the company’s innovative roots with design features never seen before. Sportsman’s Open series includes models starting at 21 feet and feature family-friendly open cockpit layouts with all of the amenities fishermen require. The series ...

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Show customers you care — digitally!

By Lauren Labunsky The holidays are here and it’s a great time of year to truly focus on how your dealership is showing customers that you care about them. This could include things like excellent customer service, a special gift or offer, a holiday-themed sale or event, and more. But just as so much of the customer journey has moved ...

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Brunswick establishes Advanced Systems Group, appoints president

Brunswick Corporation announced the formation of its Advanced Systems Group and appointed Brett Dibkey president – Advanced Systems Group reporting to Brunswick CEO David Foulkes. The new structure will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.   The Advanced Systems Group consists of the 11 Power Products brands from the acquisition completed in August of 2018, in addition to the Attwood Group of ...

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NMMA urges industry to participate in annual advocacy survey

NMMA is calling on all recreational boating industry stakeholders to participate in the association’s second annual advocacy survey, which will play an important role in shaping the organization’s 2020 policy priorities.  Click here to take the survey. The deadline to submit responses is Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, and NMMA is strongly encouraging all stakeholders to provide input. "Direct stakeholder feedback ...

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Paul Blanc to take Jeanneau brand helm

Groupe Beneteau recently announced the appointment of Paul Blanc as general manager of the Jeanneau brand. Under his new role, Blanc will report to Gianguido Girotti, Deputy CEO in charge of Product and Brand Strategy. Blanc currently serves as the Asia Pacific sales director for the Jeanneau and Prestige brands and managing director of the Groupe Beneteau Asia Pacific office ...

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Judges announced for Minneapolis Innovation Awards

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced the panel of judges set to evaluate product entries for the third annual Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Awards. The 2020 Innovation Award winners will be announced Wednesday, January 22 during the boat show’s “Sneak Peek” evening. The deadline for entry into the 2020 Innovation Awards is Friday, Dec. 20.  The Innovation Awards ...

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