Author Archives: Tim Hennagir

Nominations open for 2018 STEP Ahead Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Science, Technology, Engineering and Production Ahead Awards are now being accepted. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women on a national platform — from the factory floor to the C-suite — who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in manufacturing. This national honor identifies the best of the best women in the manufacturing industry, and further encourages women to ...

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RBLC task force launches new media awareness campaign

Following last fall's launch of its education training module, “Proven Strategies for Engaging New Markets,” the Recreational Boating Leadership Council’s New Market Task Force released a free package of new trade advertisements designed to invite and drive access to the official training webinar, collateral and video content that will be available to all businesses in the marine industry. The 45-minute ...

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NMMA testifies at EPA hearing, shares members’ concerns about E15

The National Marine Manufacturers Association testified at the 2018 EPA Renewable Volume Obligation hearing. Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA vice president of federal and legal affairs, addressed the concerns the recreational boating industry has with E15 during the Aug. 1 hearing. “The initial 2010 waiver and this RVO proposal, do nothing to guarantee the continued availability of E10, while billions of gallons of ...

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Wells Fargo CDF extends strategic financing program to IBBI

Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, part of Wells Fargo & Company, has extended its strategic floorplan financing agreement with the Independent Boat Builders, Inc., a boat manufacturer buying group in the U.S. and Canada. The program covers 19 member manufacturers that sell 36 brands. Based in West Frankfort, Ill., IBBI is the largest cooperative buying group in the U.S. and ...

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Newport International Boat Show announces sponsorship agreement with LH-Finance

Newport Exhibition Group has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with marine financing specialist LH-Finance for the Newport International Boat Show. “We are delighted to partner with the Newport International Boat Show as their premiere lending source and sponsor of the LH-Finance VIP Lounge,” said Herve Bonnet, CEO of LH-Finance. “The Newport International Boat Show organizers are dedicated to enhancing the ...

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Diving in with data

There’s nothing like a quarterly earnings call to pique a trade press editor’s morning interest. It’s my view a conference call filled with data and industry insights from one or more company leaders rivals the jump-start a really good cup of coffee provides, especially if the call in question is one of the first items of the day. Perhaps a ...

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NMMA Hall of Fame Award nominations close Friday

Nominations are being accepted until Friday, Aug. 4, for the 2017 National Marine Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame Award, which will be presented at the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition Industry Breakfast in Tampa, Fla. The award honors those who have generated or continue to make substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. It also recognizes marine leaders ...

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Boston Whaler donates more than $1,400 to local nonprofit arts organization

Boston Whaler recently donated more than $1,400 to Atlantic Center for the Arts in support of the center’s community programs. Nathan Abdalian, Whaler director of consumer experiences, and Anna Collins, marketing and sales event coordinator, presented a check for the donation and met with students and teachers at ACA on Wednesday, July 26. “We’re proud to present this check to ...

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Prestige Yachts names Galati Yacht Sales top North American dealer

Galati Yacht Sales has been presented with Prestige Yachts’s 2017 North American Dealer of the Year Award. “This was an amazing year for the Galati Yacht Sales Team. Since 2014, they have continued to go above and beyond promoting the Prestige brand to current and future customers. Their company values focus heavily on customer service which clearly resulted in an ...

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OIA releases 50 state outdoor recreation economy reports

Outdoor Industry Association has released the state-level Outdoor Recreation Economy Report featuring economic data for all 50 states across the United States, the largest and most comprehensive state-by-state report of its kind. The data underscores a growing economic force that generates billions in consumer spending and creates millions of good-paying, American jobs in communities across the country.    Earlier this year, OIA released its ...

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