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Industry Voices: Embracing multiple paths to sustainability

By Frank Hugelmeyer As recreational boating industry stakeholders, we understand the important role healthy waters play in boating and fishing, as well as our role as a leader in conservation efforts. We recognize the importance of sustainability and the crucial part it can play in promoting environmental and conservation efforts. In recent years, our industry has made significant strides towards ...

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At the Helm: Not just a buzz word

By Adam Quandt It seems as if every few years – or sometimes even every few months – there’s a new buzz word captivating our industry, our country, the world. And it’s easy to latch onto something when you hear about it again and again. But ask yourself how often are we just holding onto a buzz word until the ...

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At the Helm: Changing tides in the marine workforce

By Adam Quandt The marine industry workforce has historically heavily been made up of one individual group. However, over the last 10-20 years, the tides have been shifting across the marine industry, becoming more and more diverse. Simply hiring a more diverse workforce is just barely a start though. It’s on all of us to help create a welcoming environment ...

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At the Helm: A new era of Top 100

By Adam Quandt In 2004, Boating Industry unveiled the Top 100 Dealers program as an effort to independently rank and recognize the best boat dealers across North America. With the industry’s help and support, the Top 100 program has grown to unimaginable heights and celebrated marine retailers across the continent over 17 years. Moving into year 18, our industry continues ...

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Solutions for the labor shortage

By Margaret PodlichExecutive Director, ABYC Foundation A Minnesota High School faces a 50% cafeteria worker shortage and needs to feed 2500 students a day. It now pays students $16/hour and gives them course credits to work alongside adults. Students work between classes, don’t need transportation to their jobs, and are having fun. In six years, the trucking industry expects to ...

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At the Helm: The dare to be different

By Adam Quandt It’s time for some truth. The recreational boating industry is one that is often slightly slow to change. Sometimes it’s because the technological advances found in other industries aren’t quite able to operate in a marine environment just yet, other times we simply look at things and say, “that’s how we’ve always done things.” The latter is ...

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Refocusing on relationships

By Matt Sellhorst Have your sales become more transactional in the past several years? For many dealers that has become the norm with the flood of demand, the trickle of supply and limited time to get boats delivered.  Maybe you’ve had a few more disgruntled clients because of delays in major unit delivery. Maybe you’ve had a few service clients ...

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At the Helm: Protecting our playground

By Adam Quandt It’s no secret that nature is our playground. Not just to the marine industry alone, but to our larger outdoor recreation ecosystem. Thus, it should be a no-brainer for all of us across the industry to play a role in protecting and preserving that playground for generations to come. According to data collected by the United Nations, ...

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The SkillsUSA Reveille

By Margaret Podlich Thousands of polite, pulled-together, 16-22 year olds descended on Atlanta during a sweltering week in June. They hailed from high schools, post-secondary technical schools, and community colleges from around the country. All students were required to dress appropriately for their trade, so some were in white double-breasted chef coats, others in pressed Carhartt khaki top and bottom ...

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Education must be the culture

By Matt Edmundson We all know of the skills gap, but is it different for us in the marine industry? What trade other than a marine technician must have such a versatile skill set to be successful? How do we find and train new techs? Compared to similar industries such as automotive or aerospace, the marine industry has historically not ...

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