Author Archives: Kelsey Larson

2013 Best Industry Advocate: Port Harbor Marine

Best Industry Advocate Port Harbor Marine South Portland, Maine You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger proponent of boating, the boating lifestyle or the boating industry than Port Harbor Marine. From working hard in industry associations to spreading the word about boating to consumers across the state of Maine, the team at Port Harbor has continually showed its willingness to ...

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2013 Special Recognition: Hurricane Sandy response – MarineMax and Strong’s Marine

Special Recognition: Hurricane Sandy response MarineMax and Strong’s Marine From its birth near the Dominican Republic on Oct. 24, 2012, to its direct hit of New York City on Halloween, Hurricane Sandy claimed 285 lives and caused approximately $68 billion in damage during its nine-day assault of the Eastern Seaboard. “Superstorm Sandy” was an all-out catastrophe — the second costliest ...

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2013 Editors’ Choice: Miami Ski Nautique

Editors' Choice Miami Ski Nautique Miami Everything about Miami Ski Nautique is different. A black-skinned, avant-garde building with bold graphics nods to the city’s nearby art and design districts, matching web locations show off brightly colored boats and water sports equipment, and this athlete-centric dealer’s business extends far beyond the borders of the United States with a fast-growing presence in ...

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2013 Editors’ Choice: George’s Marine & Sports

Editors' Choice George’s Marine & Sports Ottawa With two of its boat lines announcing significant changes in 2012, it was sure to be a year of transition for George’s Marine & Sports. Despite that, the Ottawa boat dealer made sure it stayed focused on the service and innovation that has made it successful. First came the news that BRP was ...

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Rob Parmentier takes the reins at Larson

There were several reasons industry veteran Rob Parmentier decided to join Larson, but they boil down to one major point: a breadth of product and an entrepreneurial spirit have the company well positioned for success in today’s market. Larson owner Irwin Jacobs “is a dynamic, energetic, business entrepreneur,” said Parmentier, the new president/CEO of Larson Boat Group. “His boat companies ...

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Saluting the industry’s best

There’s probably no better sign of the industry’s recovery than this year’s Top 100 competition. Not only were applications up by more than 15 percent from 2012, the quality was through the roof. We were constantly wowed during the judging by the accomplishments of our industry. We’ve called out several stats about the Top 100 individually and as a group ...

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2013 Editors’ Choice: The Boat Shop

Editors' Choice The Boat Shop Tafton, PA The Boat Shop may not be the biggest dealership in the country — it’s not in the highest revenue bracket; it has fewer than 15 employees, and it only has one location — but what the dealership lacks in size, it makes up for in heart and hard work. “We are never ‘the ...

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2013 Movers & Shakers

If a willingness to take risks and embrace change means anything, the 2013 class of Boating Industry Movers & Shakers may be the strongest yet. There’s no concrete set of qualifications for the Movers & Shakers. It’s not necessarily about being the biggest or all about the financials. Instead, we’re looking for leaders who haven’t been afraid to take chances, ...

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Movers & Shakers: Individuals in association

Four trade association leaders making a big difference Power in numbers is such a common refrain that it can be difficult to remember the influence that one focused, ambitious person can wield. Whether it’s influencing legislation as the head of a one-person shop like Susan Zellers at the Marine Trades Association of Maryland or reinvigorating one of the country’s largest ...

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2013 Bold Moves

While we only named four Movers & Shakers for 2013, the Boating Industry team was once again blown away by the quality of submissions for this year’s awards. It’s a clear sign that the marine industry is one filled with innovation. These eight individuals have all implemented major changes in their companies to improve operations, maximize efficiency and lift the ...

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