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West Marine sets webcast, conference call for 2017 Q1 results

West Marine, Inc. will report its first quarter 2017 financial results at 4 p.m. Eastern Time April 26, and will host a conference call later that same day at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be simultaneously webcast live over the Internet at on the “Investor Relations” page. The call is available by dialing (888) 756-1546 in ...

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Boat sales growth continues to slow in March

Info-Link Bellwether report March 2017

Boat sales were up year-over-year in March, but the rate of growth continued to slow last month, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. According to Info-Link, the Bellwether report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the US ...

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ABC announces schedule update, Jake Tapper keynote moves to May 16

Jake Tapper American Boating Congress

The American Boating Congress announced an updated schedule Wednesday, including a new day and time for keynote speaker Jake Tapper. The 2017 American Boating Congress (ABC) keynote speaker, CNN’s Jake Tapper, originally scheduled for ABC’s General Session on Wednesday, May 17, has been moved to ABC’s opening luncheon, 11:20 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. ABC’s Hill Visits ...

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Anchors Aweigh podcast launches

Anchors Aweigh, a podcast for aspiring through experienced boaters, has recently launched and is available to listeners via iTunes and Google subscription. Anchors Aweigh features in-depth conversations with boating experts and industry leaders who discuss their experiences on the water, key issues including access, the latest trends, new boats, gear and equipment, boating destinations, and more. Podcast creator and host ...

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Yamaha Marine announces employee promotions, organizational changes

Yamaha Marine Group announced Wednesday several employee promotions and organizational changes within the Marine Marketing Division, including the promotion of Martin Peters to senior manager, Marine Communications and Government Relations. “One of our top priorities at Yamaha is to continue to strengthen our brand, and I believe these structural changes will help us in that regard,” said Ben Speciale, president, ...

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Suntex acquires 11 Loggerhead Marina properties

Suntex Marina Investors LLC has acquired the Loggerhead Marina portfolio, the companies announced Tuesday. Under the terms of the agreement, 11 Loggerhead Marina properties located throughout Florida now join the Suntex portfolio. “This transaction will be transformational for Suntex and our efforts to continue to provide an unmatched customer experience around the country,” said Bryan Redmond, founding principal of Suntex. ...

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Taylor Made Group mourns director of customer service

Gayle Maye Taylor Made Systems

The Taylor Made Group said it was sad to share the news that Gayle Maye, age 58, died recently. Maye, director of customer service for Taylor Made Systems, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 16, after a battle with cancer that the company said she fought with perseverance, optimism, and dignity. “Gayle was one of the loveliest people I have ...

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Florida governor highlights job creation at Boston Whaler

Rick Scott at Boston Whaler

Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited Boston Whaler this week to highlight job incentive initiatives and present Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award, an honor given to individuals for their efforts in creating jobs and opportunities for Florida families. It was his second visit to the company. Scott’s first visit occurred in May 2015 when Whaler ...

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Watch out for your stupid gene

We all have our blindspots that get in the way of getting things done. Or as Ben Speciale says, we've all got those places where our "stupid gene" kicks in. If you've ever spent much time talking to the president of Yamaha Marine Group, you know he's passionate about the topic of workforce development and training -- and a pretty ...

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Bass Pro Shops to pay less for Cabela’s under new terms

Bass Pro Shops will pay about $500 million less for Cabela's under the new terms of the companies' merger agreement announced Monday. Under the Amended Merger Agreement, Bass Pro Shops will acquire Cabela’s for $61.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $5.0 billion. Cabela’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to ...

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