Columns

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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Never stop learning

By Adam Quandt As I’m writing this column for our October issue, the team at Boating Industry is nearing the end of another season of scouring through piles of fresh Top 100 applications and scoring them accordingly. And by the time you’re reading this, we will likely have the 2021 Top 100 rankings set and will be gearing up for ...

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My favorite leverage points in sales and marketing

By Matt Sellhorst What is one thing we all need more of in this industry? Time (though I would also take skilled labor and technicians too, but that’s another article). There just isn’t enough time to do all the things that need to get done at the dealership. The staffing is forever tight. Everyone is doing multiple jobs.You know the ...

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At the helm: Killing it with kindness

By David Gee Excellent customer service is your best marketing tactic. A best-selling author and keynote speaker made that statement, and I am in total agreement. More on that in a minute. It was my birthday recently, and my wife and I decided to celebrate with a road trip, using points to stay at a couple of different Marriott properties. ...

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A few random thoughts as fall approaches

By Matt Sellhorst With summer winding down, school back in session and so on many of us are getting back to more “normal routines.” Hopefully we are getting back to a more normal life all the way around, because these past 18 months I know I’ve felt out of sorts at times. Maybe you can relate, if you’ve had the ...

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Take a breath

By Adam Quandt These days it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Things over the last year and a half have been somewhat hectic, to say the least (and that might be putting it lightly to some of you). Every time we at Boating Industry chat with someone in the industry — ...

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