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Marine Connection: Climbing the ranks through continued success

With five locations in the dealership battleground across southeast Florida, Marine Connection continues to outperform others and climb the ranks of Boating Industry’s Top 100. “We have continued to grow and expand our presence in the Sunshine State to address the need and demand of boaters, particularly focusing on and targeting the fishing community,” co-owner and president John Kutuk said. ...

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Boat clubs continue market evolution

‘Shared economy’ aspects drive segment change John Giglio has been beating his head against the boating industry wall for the last seven years. The Freedom Boat Club CEO said he’s tried to explain his business to others as complementary, not competitive.  Giglio had an opportunity to drive that point home during a panel discussion during the 2018 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition ...

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IMBC heads home to Florida for 2019 conference

For years, the International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC) has set its sights on targeting middle- to high-management levels within the marina and boatyard industry. With the Association of Marina Industries’ — IMBC’s producer — new strategic five-year lookout, the conference will take aim at the industry as a whole by broadening its educational opportunities at the 2019 event. “With ...

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At the helm: Fiberglass vessel recycling needs more industry support

Every year in the U.S. an increasing number of recreational fiberglass boats reach their end of life without a sustainable option for disposal.  Some will be crushed and buried in landfills, where they will persist for many years, while others may be abandoned by their owners on land or in coastal areas where they can potentially harm the marine environment. ...

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The Top 100 … 2019 and beyond

This year we will be celebrating the 15th year of the Top 100. Since 2005, Boating Industry and the Leadership Alliance have recognized the best boat dealers in North America for their financial success, marketing, customer service, industry advocacy and overall business acumen. The 2019 Top 100 will culminate with the annual Top 100 Gala, Nov. 24, at the Rosen ...

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Three keys to winning with your dealership website

Is your website equipped to win in 2019? Before answering, there are three key areas that must be considered. First, is your website up to today’s technological standards? Being mobile friendly and fast loading are the two most important. With more and more boat shopping being done on mobile devices and Google’s penalty for slow and/or non-mobile friendly websites, this ...

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2018 Top 100 Dealer of the Year: The Sail & Ski Center

Editor’s note: Rod Malone, the founder and co-owner of The Sail & Ski Center, passed away Aug. 31. While the company had been notified of its selection as Dealer of the Year before his passing, the Boating Industry staff had not had a chance to conduct a formal interview. All quotes from Malone in this article are taken from his ...

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2018 Editor’s Choice: Nautical Ventures

Nautical Ventures Dania Beach, Fla. Offering everything from kayaks to literal cruise ships, Nautical Ventures of Dania Beach, Fla. continuously pushes the envelope of what a marine dealership can be. The Nautical Ventures Group has three dealership locations around southeast Florida: a flagship store in Dania Beach, a 26,000-square foot showroom and more in North Palm Beach, and a Riviera ...

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2018 Editor’s Choice: Sea Ray of Cincinnati/Louisville

Sea Ray of Cincinnati/Louisville Cincinnati, Ohio Sea Ray of Cincinnati/Louisville focuses on honing four key business management items to a sharp edge during its day-to-day operations as a longtime Top 100 dealer. CSI, inventory turns, market share, and profitability are critical operating concerns.  “Our goal is to meet or exceed the expectations of our customers in all areas of our ...

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At the Helm: Data dilemmas and all things Internet

Futurists predict there will be 50 billion connected devices by the year 2025.  That figure includes automobiles, which have become powerful, four-wheeled data centers. During a recent commute to the office, I listened with shock and data awe to a national radio story that explained how carmakers are collecting data. Vehicles are increasingly connected with Wi-Fi and may know more ...

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