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Vice President Pence’s visit and tax reform

Last week Correct Craft was honored to have Vice President Mike Pence visit our world headquarters in Orlando and tour our largest company, Nautique Boats. Accompanying Vice President Pence on the visit were Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Nautique President Greg Meloon and I were honored to tour the vice president around our Orlando ...

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An industry for sale – the seller’s struggle

The boating industry is going through substantial changes – more than it ever has. One significant factor impacting our industry is a generational change in leadership. With many of our boating industry leaders looking toward retirement, the leadership of our industry will be much different in a few years. A significant catalyst driving this change is the desire of many ...

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Technology and globalization

Technology and globalization are two trends that are combining with incredible force to significantly impact us all (and our industry). It does not matter if we consider technology and/or globalization as good or bad; they are both changing our world in a big way. While bringing significant benefits on a global/macro level, both globalization and technology can also bring substantial ...

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Free trade – follow up

Earlier this month I wrote a blog for Boating Industry titled “The Free Trade Question.” After the blog was published I received several great comments and questions about free trade, and, as teachers everywhere say, “If you have questions, others probably do too.” So, this blog will share some thoughts triggered by the comments and questions I received related to ...

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The free trade question

Between working as CEO of a company in the boating industry with global distribution (70 countries) and serving, until recently, as co-chair of the Manufacturing Council’s Trade, Tax Policy and Export Growth Committee (a group of business leaders who advise the U.S. Secretary of Commerce), I have spent a fair bit of time thinking about global trade. Trade was a ...

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Manufacturing Day – Looking out for our future!

Pretty much any time a group of my fellow CEOs get together, the discussion will eventually head toward what many of us describe as our biggest challenge – finding good employees. At Correct Craft, we have manufacturing plants across the U.S. and we offer competitive pay and benefits; however, it is still a challenge to find the employees we need ...

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American Boating Congress 2017

This week many of our industry’s leaders gathered in Washington, DC for the 2017 American Boating Congress. This is always an interesting week as our industry works together to understand, discuss and take action on key issues. My ABC week began in a meeting of the Recreational Boating Leadership Council. Led by the very capable Matt Gruhn, our council is ...

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Open letter to President Trump

Dear President Trump, First, congratulations on your victory in last year’s hard fought campaign. You connected with tens of millions of American who have trusted you with their hopes for the future. As CEO of one of the boating industry’s largest companies with manufacturing across the USA, over 1,000 employees, and distribution in 70 countries, I want to do my ...

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Grow Boating Summit

This week in Chicago our industry held a Grow Boating Summit to discuss how we can continue to promote the boating lifestyle and grow our industry. There was a lot of support at the summit for the Discover Boating program and the group discussed how we can improve it. There are many perspectives on what we need to do. Below ...

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A changing industry

The boating industry is on the edge of dramatic change. In fact, in the next 10 to 15 years our industry will experience more change than at any other time in its history. Some trends that will transform our industry include: New leadership – the boating industry has enjoyed consistent leadership for decades but we are now on the edge ...

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