December 2020/January 2021

2020 Dealer of the Year: Quality Boats of Tampa Bay

When we told Dan and David Bair, the second-generation owners and operators of Quality Boats of Tampa, they won the Top 100 Dealer of the Year Award for the second year in a row, our most immediate question was how does it feel? “It feels just as exciting the second time as the first,” saidDan enthusiastically. Enthusiasm is something that ...

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2020 Top 100: Best Practices

Now in its 16th year, the Boating Industry Top 100 truly continues to celebrate the best of the best. There’s simply no denying that 2020 has been a different year to say the least and while the 2020 Top 100 is decided on 2019 results and data, the current year certainly shaped how the program ran for this year, including ...

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2020 Top 100 Hall of Fame

Galati Yacht Sales — Anna Maria, Fla.Gordy’s Lakefront Marine — Lake Geneva, Wis.MarineMax — Clearwater, Fla.OneWater Marine Holdings — Buford, Ga.Prince William Marine — Woodbridge, Va. The Boating Industry Top 100 Hall of Fame recognizes dealers who have won the coveted Dealer of the Year award twice. These companies support the Top 100 program through their continued excellence and growth. ...

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2020 Editor’s Choice: Jerry’s Majestic Marine

By Adam QuandtTop 100 Program Director, Managing Editor Jerry's Majestic MarineLake Geneva, WI For those looking for a humble beginnings story, one doesn’t need to go any further than Jerry’s Majestic Marine in Walworth, Wisconsin. In 1984, after being out of work, Jerry Oglesby — a mechanic by trade since the age of 16 — painted the side of his ...

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2020 Editor’s Choice: FB Marine Group

By David GeeEditor-in-Chief FB Marine GroupFort Lauderdale, FL Teamwork makes the dream work! If you spend much time around Kim Sweers, or her husband Randy, who together co-own and operate Florida’s FB Marine Group, you will no doubt hear that statement a lot. You can see the slogan on their website and sprinkled around their dealership locations. It’s also apparent, ...

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At the Helm: Happy New Year indeed!

By David Gee “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”  That quote is attributed to Lucius Annaeus Seneca, an early 1st Century Italian philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and tutor to the fifth Roman emperor Niro. And if that doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps you recognize the line from the end of the 1998 hit song “Closing Time,” by Minneapolis ...

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Reflections

By Adam Quandt Here we are, the close of the year that was 2020 and what a year it has been. From a global pandemic to unprecedented boat sales and everything else in between, it has often felt like this year has not given any of us a chance to slow down and catch our breath at all. And while ...

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