Q&A

Q&A with Mercury Marine’s John Pfeifer

Editor's note: Due to space constraints, our Boating Industry Q&A with John Pfeifer in the February issue needed to be edited. Here is the full Q&A. The last year has been very eventful for Mercury, with the introduction of its first purpose-built sterndrive engine in 2014, along with a number of new outboards. There was also a change in leadership, ...

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Q&A with Frank Peterson, president, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation

The Hispanic population is the fastest-growing segment of the population in the United States, but the group is not engaging in fishing and boating. With that in mind, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation officially launched a Hispanic outreach program this spring that will include advertising, partnerships with companies and local agencies, social media, events and more. RBFF President Frank ...

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Q&A with Roy W. Olivier, president & CEO, ARI

From websites to social media to online reputation management, digital marketing is rapidly evolving. With its recent acquisitions and product releases, ARI is increasing its investment in those areas. This month, we talked to ARI president & CEO Roy Olivier about what’s driving that growth strategy and why it’s so important to the company’s future. Boating Industry: When you look ...

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Q&A with Roy W. Olivier, president & CEO, ARI

From websites to social media to online reputation management, digital marketing is rapidly evolving. With its recent acquisitions and product releases, ARI is increasing its investment in those areas. To read the full Q&A with Olivier, be sure to check out the May issue of Boating Industry. Boating Industry: When you look at the marine industry for 2014, what’s ARI’s ...

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Q&A with Jim Lane, president, Chaparral & Robalo

While not immune to the boating market crash, the Chaparral and Robalo boat brands have weathered the downturn better than many. Jim Lane, president at Chaparral since 1977, has seen his share of ups and downs in the boating market, but says he is confident about the future of the company’s brands. With its H2O line focusing on the entry-level ...

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Q&A with Ron Huibers, Volvo Penta of the Americas

Ron Huibers assumed the helm as president of Volvo Penta of the Americas in 2012. He is responsible for Volvo Penta leisure marine, commercial marine and industrial engine business throughout the Americas. He is also responsible within Volvo Penta for the global marine leisure gas segment. Huibers has been with the Volvo Group more than 20 years. Prior to joining ...

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Q&A with YachtWorld Hero David Rockefeller, Jr.

Dominion Marine Media kicked off the Miami International Boat Show by naming David Rockefeller, Jr., as the 2013 YachtWorld Hero. (Read more about the announcement here.) The other four finalists for the award were Joel Aberbach, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; Betsy Alison, Paralympic coach for the U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider; Dieter Paulmann, Okeanos Foundation for the Sea; and Jeanne ...

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Q&A with Nautic Global Group CEO Jim Malone

Nautic Global Group recently hosted a “fireside chat” for its leading dealers with Jim Malone, the company’s new chairman and CEO. Nautic’s brands include Hurricane, Parti Kraft, Godfrey, Rinker Polar Kraft and more. Malone has served as chairman or CEO of five Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries. Most recently before joining Nautic last fall, Malone was the founding managing ...

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Q&A: Gordy’s Rallee Chupich is named 2013 Darlene Briggs honoree

Rallee Chupich, director of service and restaurant operations at Gordy’s Lakefront Marine in Wisconsin, was named the 28th recipient of the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year award at the 2013 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, held November 17-20 in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry at ...

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Q&A: Roch Lambert on Rec Boat Holdings strategy

Back in 2010, Platinum Equity acquired the Four Winns, Glastron and Wellcraft brands at auction from the bankrupt Genmar Holdings. Since then, Platinum has formed Rec Boat Holdings and hired industry veteran Roch Lambert to lead the company. Platinum has also made major investments in design and engineering to refresh the boat lineups for Four Winns and Glastron, with changes ...

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