Author Archives: Liz Walz

Rebuilding from the foundation up

During the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo last month, I was thrilled to hear Joe Verde talking about the importance of marine businesses getting the right people working in their companies and leading and training them well. That is essential if dealerships are to recover from the effects of the recession and grow. I’ve experienced the power of such leadership ...

Read More »

Nothing to lose

There’s no more effective method of education than learning from your peers. You can read about an idea, be taught a strategy in a classroom or take a course online, but it’s not the same as learning about it from the person who thought it up and put it to work in their business.  That’s why most of the best ...

Read More »

The importance of “family time”

When we ask dealers to write about their employee relations strategies in Boating Industry’s Top 100 Dealer Application, many talk about the “family” atmosphere they try to create. Of course, a good percentage of dealerships are literally family-run operations, so that’s no surprise. But the “family” philosophy has also been adopted by lots of companies without a single blood relative ...

Read More »

How to be a smart company

The Boating Industry editorial team just finished evaluating this year’s Top 100 Dealer applications, and we were invigorated to learn that several have acquired competitors or land for future expansion, and all have continued to invest in improving their current operation.

Read More »

An industry coming together

I can be a bit of an idealist sometimes. And one of my ideals is a united recreational marine industry, all of us working together to deliver a boating experience that exceeds customers' expectations every time and to create a business environment that everyone wants to work in. When I see evidence of that, it makes my day. That's why ...

Read More »

IBEX’s big move

When I heard last week that the rumors were true - the International Boatbuilder Exhibition & Conference would be moving to Kentucky in 2010 - I found myself smiling. Now, there's no doubt I'm biased; my dad lives about an hour from Louisville. But above and beyond that, a once a year trek to South Beach for the Miami boat ...

Read More »

Trade shows: How many is too many?

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced this morning that it's combining its Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) with the fall 2010 International Boatbuilder's Exhibition and Conference (IBEX). This news doesn't come as a surprise. Trade show producers run a business just like the rest of us, and when times are tough, consolidation is a natural consideration. Plus, it ...

Read More »

New boats for a new economy

I was driving in the car yesterday when a story came on National Public Radio about Columbia, Ky.-based houseboat builder Majestic Yachts. It's no surprise in this economy that it was a sad story, at least at first. The article began by profiling Faye Womack, a former employee. She was part of a 27-person boat production team until orders stopped ...

Read More »