Author Archives: Adam Quandt

Newport International Boat Show cancels 2020 event

Newport Exhibition Group announced that its annual boat show scheduled to take place September 17-20, 2020 at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, R.I., has been cancelled. Due to spikes in new cases of COVID-19 across the United States, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, stated that, although Phase III of re-opening would have included no cap on the number ...

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NMMA recaps recent advocacy efforts

In the 10 weeks between March and early June, governors issued nearly 2,000 emergency orders, proclamations, and directives related to the COVID-19 crisis among additional issues. As states continue to relax stay-at-home orders, the NMMA advocacy team said it continues to monitor re-opening plans across the county as well as the impact on boating access, manufacturing, retail and large public ...

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MIASF elects new board members

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) held its annual meeting virtually on June 24 using the Zoom platform. With both live and videotaped portions of the event emceed by former Denver Bronco’s running back, broadcaster, and author, Reggie Rivers, the association’s first virtual annual meeting was followed by an online after party with live music and open chat room. ...

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Monterey and Blackfin Boats name new VP of sales

Monterey & Blackfin Boats announced the promotion of Kim Loenichen to vice president of sales for the brands. Loenichen has presided over the Monterey & Blackfin Boats sales teams as the director of sales for more than 15 years with tremendous success. Loenichen brings over 40 years of marine based industry experience to her new role as vice president of ...

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Highfield Boats reports record sales, names new dealers

Highfield Boats, manufacturer of aluminum RIBS and tenders, recently announced the appointment of four new dealer representatives serving boaters in South Carolina, Georgia,Kentucky, and Alaska. The builder said this major expansion of its dealer network has been prompted by growing demand for Highfield’s RIBs ranging from 6.5- to 28-feet, resulting in record U.S. sales for the first half of 2020. “Highfield USA’s sales for the first and second quarter of 2020 saw a 9 percent increase over the same period in 2019,” said Tom Watson, general manager. “Last year, Highfield made a significant investment ...

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Minnesota Brunswick operation named Top Workplace

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For the second consecutive year, Brunswick Corporation’s New York Mills Operation has been recognized as a Minneapolis Star Tribune Top 150 Workplace. The facility, which manufactures both Lund and Crestliner boats, placed 16th in the large Minnesota company’s category, placing the plant in elite company in the state of Minnesota. In winning a Top Workplaces Award for 2020, the newspaper said ...

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Invincible names new COO

Invincible, a saltwater sport fishing and high-performance boat brand, has added Thomas Wieners to its executive team as chief operating officer. At Invincible, Wieners will be tasked with helping to lead the company’s next growth phase, with a particular focus on enhancing operational efficiency while increasing production to meet increasing demand. Wieners brings more than 15 years of leadership and ...

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National Sailing Hall of Fame announces 2020 inductees

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced nine sailors comprising its 10th anniversary class of inductees. The Class of 2020 includes: James E. Buttersworth, the renowned 19th century maritime painter; Gordon Douglass, designer of the Thistle, Highlander and Flying Scot one-design boats;Robbie Haines. Jr., Olympic gold-medalist and world champion; Bill Mattison, national and world champion sailor and iceboater; Dave Perry, leading racer, coach, judge and author; John Rousmaniere, ...

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2020 Women Making Waves

Woman Making Waves - Stand-out women in the boating industry

Women Making Waves is Boating Industry’s effort to recognize the multitude of women in the industry who have made and continue to make great contributions to its success, propel its growth and lead their organizations and peers into the future. With nearly 100 nominations for this year’s Women Making Waves, choosing the highlighted women was no easy task. There is ...

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Digital teacher: Workforce training continues despite pandemic

By Adam Quandt From dealers to manufacturers, filling the ranks for the marine industry workforce has been a large issue facing everyone for some time. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the recreational boating industry — especially dealers — is still looking to add skilled technicians to teams across the board. The key component to getting skilled labor into the industry? ...

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