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Make the dealership culture, cash connection at MDCE 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, June 19, 2014 — When you build a strong dealership culture in which employees feel vested in the business, it can unlock higher sales and profitability for even the most successful marine dealerships. At the 2014 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, taking place Nov. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla., leadership guru John Spence will present dealers with the tools they ...

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PWCs, ski boats lead sales increases in May

A peek at Info-Link’s May bellwether report shows a big upswing in PWC sales, a trend that began in January and has been moving up ever since. May PWC sales for bellwether states grew nearly 20 percent year-over-year, following a 10 percent increase in April. Keeping up with the PWC market are ski boats and outboard sportfishing boats, as bellwether ...

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Economic snapshot: Housing up, unemployment down

This has shaped up to be a pretty solid week of economic news, with housing leading the way. Housing starts Starts swung up in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of just over 1 million. Although down from April, that’s a 9.4 percent increase from May 2013 – and year-over-year is the important number to watch here. Starts were ...

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Midwest Industries signs on with Martin Flory Group

Enhancing its visibility within the consumer boating community, Midwest Industries, Inc., has hired public relations firm Martin Flory Group. Midwest Industries' products include ShoreStation boat lifts and docks, and ShoreLand'r trailers. Martin Flory Group will represent Midwest Industries with the US and Canadian media. Based in Ida Grove, Iowa, Midwest Industries is a family-owned company and won a 2014 NMMA ...

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Legendary basketball coach Bob Knight to speak at IBEX industry breakfast

BROOKLIN, ME, June 19, 2014 -The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), taking place September 29 - October 2, 2014 at the Tampa Convention Center, has announced that legendary basketball coach Bob Knight will present a motivational speech on "Winning" at the annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 7:30 to 9:30 am.  Thom Dammrich, NMMA President will deliver ...

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40 year marine industry sales & marketing veteran Duffy Stenger retires

June 18, 2014, Orlando, FL -- Duffy Stenger, a veteran marine industry sales and marketing executive, retires the end of June after a highly successful 40-year career of continuous service. Stenger’s lifelong marine industry career began during his college days in the early 70’s when he joined Carl Lillis and Associates and helped to found and publish Mid America Boating ...

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TowBoatUS Fort Loudon/Tellico Lake has a new owner

FORT LOUDON/TELLICO LAKE, Tenn., June 18, 2014 – Captain Will Willison, the new owner of TowBoatUS Fort Loudon/Tellico Lake, Tennessee, made a fortunate phone call in January. He called the then-owner of the Knoxville area TowBoatUS “port” to ask if he might be looking for additional weekend captains to help with the business. I’m not hiring, the owner told him, ...

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Torqueedo partners with conservation groups for River Rally

Doing its part to protect the world's waters, electric motor manufacturer Torqeedo partnered with River Network and Waterkeeper Alliance to bring 700 clean water advocates from around the world together in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for River Rally. Participants came from 40 US states and 19 countries for four days of education, motivation and camaraderie that gave them new tools to help ...

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Change of ownership for Fairline California

Oundle, Northamptonshire (June 18, 2014) - Fairline Boats is pleased to announce a change of ownership at Fairline California, with the arrival of new Dealer Principal, Mark Gibbons. Mark brings over a decade of experience in the luxury boating industry to the role and has worked for Fairline in the region since 2011. Luxury yacht specialists, 50 North Yachts, of ...

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South Texas Yacht Service upgrades to PierVantage

Full Service Boatyard, South Texas Yacht Service selects PierVantage in a move to modernize the technology they use to run their growing business. PierVantage for Boatyards is increasingly becoming the solution of choice as boatyards look to increase productivity and cut unnecessary expenses. “We are located on the water in a hurricane zone. Every summer we have storm scares and ...

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