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Industry voices: Innovation drives a sustainable future

By Frank Hugelmeyer If the past two years taught us anything, it’s that change truly is a constant—you can adapt and innovate or be disrupted. When many Americans turned to outdoor recreation as an escape from the greatest social and socioeconomic shift of their lives, the boating industry fared well relative to the broader economy. Nonetheless, we’ve had to embrace ...

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ELEVATE 2022: Let’s go to Orlando!

By David Gee We have a date for ELEVATE SUMMIT: November 14-16. We have a place, too: The Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando. Now all we need is you. And yes, I’ll promise to stop rhyming now. Preparation has been well underway for the fourth Annual Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT, and we are so excited to be thinking about – ...

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Is your sales team prepared for success?

By Matt Sellhorst Going to boat shows is something I’ve done since I was a kid back in Nebraska. This year I’ve already attended four and plan to sneak a few more in by the time boating weather arrives. Mystery shopping at the shows, I’ve seen some good, some bad and some ugly in my interactions with salespeople, as well ...

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At the Helm: Change is constant and that’s ok

By Adam Quandt If you’ve thumbed through the pages of recent issues of Boating Industry lately, you may have noticed we talk about change a lot. It’s been hard not to, especially over the last two years. We’ve seen changes in technology, changes in leadership, you name it. Change is constant. And while some of these changes have been forced ...

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Creating loyalty with culture

By Adam Quandt It’s no secret that workforce has been a strong topic around the marine industry – and many others like it – for some time now. However, more often than not we look at workforce development from the lens of “how do we draw new people in?” not “how to we keep the good ones we already have?”. ...

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At the helm: The challenge of change

By David Gee “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin Just as you might like to take a physical inventory of your business at the end of the year,I like to take a mental inventory. Reflect on the past. Contemplate the future. Dream ...

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Celebrating the industry’s best

By Adam Quandt This month’s issue features the Boating Industry’s Top 100 as we honor the best boat dealers in North America for the 17th time. After nearly two years surrounded by uncertainty, unprecedented demand and a pile of new challenges, this year’s Top 100 is a group of dealers that should be extremely proud of how they’ve navigated uncharted ...

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At the helm: Pulling together

By David Gee “Good and kind people outnumber all others by thousands to one.” Stephen Jay Gould, an American paleontologist and evolutionary biologist wrote that in a New York Times essay after 9/11. I was reminded of his words, and so many other things associated with that day and event, when we spent Labor Day weekend in New York City. ...

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