Author Archives: Adam Quandt

NMMA cancels 2020 Northwest Sportshow

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has announced the cancellation of the upcoming Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow in Minneapolis, Minn., set to take place April 2-5. The announcement from the NMMA follows the decision from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to call for a moratorium on events with more than 250 people. “While we remained hopeful that the show would proceed amid ...

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Organizers postpone 2020 Palm Beach International Boat Show

Show organizers of the 2020 Palm Beach International Boat Show and Superyacht Show Palm Beach announced today that the 35th annual show set for March 26-29 has been postponed until further notice. “Effectively immediately, the Palm Beach International Boat Show and Superyacht Show Palm Beach have been postponed until further notice. Adhering to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and City of ...

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NMMA cancels 2020 Saltwater Fishing Expo

As a result of the evolving coronavirus outbreak in the tri-state region and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NMMA has canceled the Progressive Insurance Saltwater Fishing Expo in Edison, N.J. originally set to take place on March 13-15, 2020. However, at this time, NMMA is still moving forward with the Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow in ...

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RBFF appoints new board chairman

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced the appointment of Jeff Pontius as its new Board Chairman, as well as the appointment of five other Board positions and five new Board members. The new members will help RBFF continue to increase fishing and boating participation, working toward the 60 in 60 goal. Starting March 1, 2020, Jeff Pontius officially takes ...

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MasterCraft announces executive promotions

MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. announced that it has promoted George Steinbarger, the Company’s vice president of strategy and business development, and Dave Ekern, vice president of operations, to the newly created roles of chief revenue officer and chief product officer, respectively. “Since joining MasterCraft, George and Dave have helped propel our success and position the Company for the future,” said ...

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ValvTect names International Marina of the Year

ValvTect Petroleum Products announced that The Barcadere Marina, George Town, Cayman Islands, is the recipient of the 2019 ValvTect International Marina of the Year award. The term “Barcadere” has been used by Cayman islanders for centuries. Its meaning is “a landing place” for boats. The word is synonymous with the Spanish word “Embarcadero” meaning “a place from which to embark ...

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Indiana Legislature passes resolution toward outdoor recreation office

Last week, the Indiana House of Representatives passed Senate Concurrent Resolution #15, which urges the creation of an Indiana Office of Outdoor Recreation Development. The resolution, sponsored by State Senator Blake Doriot, outlines the priorities for the Office of Outdoor Recreation Development and encourages the office to be established within the Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC), which is led by president ...

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MIASF organizes 43rd annual waterway cleanup

On March 7, 2020, approximately 1,200 volunteers participated in the 43rd Broward County Waterway Cleanup, the county’s largest and longest-running environmental event. The event is presented by the Florida Inland Navigation District (F.I.N.D.) and National Marine Suppliers and organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF). The 2020 cleanup event resulted in the collection of nearly 25 tons ...

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Industry leaders applaud recent Senate efforts for outdoor recreation

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) members recently applauded the Senate for introducing a bipartisan bill, the Great American Outdoors Act, that prioritizes the $20 billion maintenance backlog facing public lands and waters and fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). It includes the Restore Our Parks Act (ROPA), which would help improve key outdoor recreation related facilities like docks, ...

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Industry mourns loss of Gary Potter

The industry is mourning the loss of industry veteran, Gary Potter, who passed away March 4 following a long battle with cancer. Potter worked for EZ Loader Boat Trailers for 25 years, most recently as vice president. He also served on multiple industry boards throughout his career, including the NMMA Board of Directors, NMMA’s Marine Accessory and Component Division Board, ...

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