Author Archives: Tim Hennagir

NMMA Freedman Leadership Award deadline Dec. 1

Nominations will close later this week for the National Marine Manufacturers Association's 2018 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. Recipients of the NMMA Freedman Award are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity, and personal motivation.  The following are categories for consideration: Marine aftermarket or OEM manufacturer; Marine representative; Member of marine-focused media; Boat ...

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International Game Fish Association announces Florida Keys relief grants

The International Game Fish Association recently announced the first grants from its new Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF). The Guides Trust Foundation and Islamorada Charter Boat Association will each receive $10,000 to support captains, guides, mates and their families in the Florida Keys who were affected by Hurricane Irma. “We are all deeply saddened by the destruction left behind by ...

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Argos Nautic names new sales, marketing leader

Patrick Sullivan has joined Argos Nautic, the manufacturer of semi-custom luxury RIB tenders and day boats, leading the company's sales and marketing efforts.  In his new role, Sullivan is targeting brokers, charter companies and dealers of 50-foot to 100-foot vessels to establish and foster relationships with yacht owners and their representatives, as well as yacht OEMs, as well as leading ...

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Fastmount honors winners at its annual Distributor Awards

New Zealand company Fastmount recently announced the winners of its annual Distributor Awards at Little Collins in Amsterdam, to recognize high performance and service. The Fastmount Distributor Awards were made in the wake of METSTRADE, where the company's 25-plus distributors from around the world gathered to celebrate their achievements. Gregg Kelly, managing director of Fastmount, presented Best Distributor to Kroon ...

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BoatUS, GEICO headquarters will have state-of-the-art workforce features

The nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters broke ground earlier this month for its new 65,000-square-foot association and corporate headquarters at 5323 Port Royal Road, Springfield. The new Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) / GEICO Marine Insurance building will be located just one block from where BoatUS was headquartered in the early 1970s. In ...

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Volvo Penta facility visited by Virginia state lawmaker

Virginia Delegate Jay Leftwich, a Republican from the city of Chesapeake, Va., recently visited National Marine Manufacturing Association member Volvo Penta's facility and hosted a town hall meeting. Leftwich spoke with Volvo employees about jobs, workforce development, and education, and answered questions on other topics during his visit. NMMA was on hand for the visit and worked to educate Delegate ...

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Tige Boats adds Strickland Marine as new dealer

Tige Boats has added South Carolina-based Strickland Marine to its worldwide family of dealers. Strickland Marine is home to dealerships near Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee. The family owned dealership has approximately 40 years of business experience. “We are excited to be a Tige dealer and to offer a complete lineup of wakesurf boats and wakeboard boats under the umbrella ...

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Freedom Boat Club announces national franchise winners

Freedom Boat Club recently presented top achievement awards to franchises throughout North America during its 2017 Freedom Boat Club National Franchise Conference held in Fort Myers, Fla. The Franchise of the Year award was presented to Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville and St. Augustine, owned by Kevin Seelig and Lisa Almeida. The newly launched Membership Executive of the Year for ...

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Maverick Boat Group will create 100 jobs at new facility

Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently announced that Maverick Boat Group would be bringing approximately 100 new jobs to Florida as part of a new facility the company is building in Fort Pierce. “I am proud to announce that Maverick Boat Group will be opening a new manufacturing facility which will create 100 new jobs for families in St. Lucie County," ...

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Marine Marketers of America accepting entries for 2017 Neptune Awards

Marine Marketers of America (MMA) is now accepting entries for the 2017 Neptune Awards. Recognizing outstanding work in the marine marketing field, the awards will be presented at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2018. The annual competition, now in its 10th year, is open to any company or organization producing and publishing marine industry marketing work between Jan. ...

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