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2015 Dealer of the Year: Gordy’s Lakefront Marine

Gordy’s Lakefront Marine in Fontana, Wis., is always striving for improvement – even winning top honors as the Boating Industry 2014 Dealer of the Year doesn’t slow them down. And entering the Top 100 Hall of Fame is not the end of the road. The dealership will continue its momentum by finding new ways to be better, thus continue to ...

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The 2015 Top 100 Dealers

As the Boating Industry Top 100 enters its second decade, the dealers on this year’s list are healthier than they have been in years. The growth and recovery that started in 2011 continued this year, as the Top 100 and Hall of Fame topped $2.5 billion in total sales — the highest total for the Top 100 since 2008. With ...

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At the Helm: A celebration of the best

This month, for the 11th time, we recognize the Top 100 boat dealers for their success and dedication to the industry. And what success it has been. It’s safe to say that the Top 100 dealers have not been this healthy for quite a long time. The Top 100 and Hall of Fame dealers accounted for $2.58 billion in total ...

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Q&A with Melissa Danko, 2015 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year

Melissa Danko, executive director of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, was named the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year for 2015 at the awards breakfast during the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which took play on Nov. 15-18. Danko has led the association for the past 15 years after working in the hotel industry for 10 years. Her ...

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METS 2015: Exhibitor, attendee records fall

A record number of exhibitors welcomed a record number of visitors to the 2015 METS, marking a significant milestone for the show and signaling a global turnaround for the recreational boating industry. Show organizers have announced a final attendance of 21,953, representing a 4 percent increase over the 21,083 who attended METS in 2014. The figure also marks an all-time ...

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Boating Industry names 2015 Top 100

Boating Industry announced the 11th annual list of Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Wednesday in Orlando. “As the Top 100 enters its second decade, the dealers on this year's list are healthier than they have been in years,” said Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet. “The 2015 Top 100 and Hall of Fame topped $2.5 billion in total ...

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METS 2015: Busy week for U.S. exhibitors at METS

The 2015 METS has been a show of superlatives, and particularly so for US-based exhibitors. The largest US pavilion in the show’s 27-year history has been attracting unprecedented levels of traffic, according to exhibitors and show organizers alike. METS marketing and communications manager Irene Dros notes that Tuesday’s opening day attendance had topped 7,390 people by 3 p.m., easily surpassing ...

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METS 2015: Two overall winners named for 2015 DAME Award

MORE FROM METS: 2015 METS opens to packed aisles METS 2015: 3D Printing has “massive potential” in boat manufacturing The Spinlock Lume-On and Humphree Electric Stabilizing Fin and Interceptor System were selected as overall winners of the 25th annual Design Award METS (DAME), presented Tuesday morning at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This marks the ...

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Why are we still telling customers what to do?

Even though we know that “telling isn’t selling,” we can’t stop doing it. It’s become “second nature” to tell customers what to think, believe, and buy. In a sense it is, since most of us were raised to respect authority, whether it was the police, teachers, clergy, bosses, doctors, accountants, politicians, reporters, bankers, business leaders, coaches and news anchors. It ...

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Economic Snapshot: Employment and job openings hold steady

The unemployment rate, which is measured in October, remained unchanged this month. Job openings, which are measured in September, were also unchanged. However, while the number of job openings largely held steady year-over-year, the unemployment rate has seen an annual decline. Employment situation Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 271,000 in October and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at ...

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