Freedom Boat Club announces first Idaho location

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Freedom Boat Club, the world’s largest boat club operator and a division of Brunswick Corporation, announced its first Idaho franchise representing the 34th U.S. state to have a Freedom Boat Club location. The new territory, FBC of North Idaho, will open its first location in Couer d'Alene, known as one of the premier boating and recreational destinations in the U.S. ...

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Great Lakes Boat Building School expansion receives boost

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The “Come Aboard, Launch Careers” capital campaign in support of doubling the instructional infrastructure at the Great Lakes Boat Building School received significant support from a local dealer, as Walstrom Marine, of Harbor Springs, Michigan, contributed $25,000 to the project. The $3.8 million expansion project at GLBBS involves the demolition of an existing building and docking structures along with the ...

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MRAA Dealer Certification program launches 2022 education

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The Marine Industry Certified Dealership program has released its 2022 Continuous Certification curriculum. For 2022, Certified Dealers will be earning credits for four courses. The first, launched January 12, is “The Key Performance Indicators of a Profitable Dealership” by Bob Clements and Sara Hey of Bob Clements International. The second course, coming in April, is “The Five Red Flags that ...

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Marine Connection acquires controlling interest in Boaters Exchange

Marine Connection, Boating Industry Top 100 Dealer of the Year in 2021, has begun the new year by acquiring the majority interest in Boaters Exchange, a successful 20-year retail dealership with two Central Florida locations including Rockledge and New Smyrna Beach.  Marine Connection now owns and controls 80% ownership of Boaters Exchange, with 20% split between former partners and co-owners Jerry ...

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OneWater brightens holidays for local children

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OneWater Marine Inc. announced that it donated more than $200,000 and collected over 6,800 toys for local Toys for Tots programs in 2021. Toys were in short supply this year due in large part to the supply chain challenges and ongoing impacts from COVID. In addition to a monetary donation, OneWater Marine dealers hosted toy collection drives at various big ...

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Union Marine names new VP of operations

Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., Union Marine has promoted Jace Romine to vice president of operations.  “We are excited to announce that Jace Romine has been promoted to vice president of operations for Union Marine.” says Kevin Roggenbuck, president and CEO of Union Marine. “Jace has been an integral part of the growth of our business for eight years and has ...

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Hagadone Marine Group announces new sales director

Hagadone Marine Group based out of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has appointed Bob Holloway as the new Director of Sales. Holloway comes to Hagadone Marine Group from Texas where he was the Sales Manager of MarineMax Dallas. He has over 30 years of experience in the boating industry. “We are thrilled to be welcoming Bob to our strong, spirited team,” says ...

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OneWater to acquire majority interest in Quality Boats

OneWater Marine Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest, in Quality Boats. The transaction will expand the company’s presence on the west coast of Florida and enhances new and pre-owned boat sales and parts and services offerings. For the full calendar year 2021, Quality Boats is expected to generate approximately $140 million ...

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MarineMax appoints new VP of marketing

MarineMax recently announced the appointment of Abbey Heimensen to the role of vice president of marketing, overseeing a robust and talented team that delivers marketing support for MarineMax's national retail network of over 77 stores and diverse business units.  "Abbey's passion, commitment, and dedication to MarineMax and our customers has been key to the growth of our company and industry influence," Shawn ...

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Parker Business Planning unveils new digital dashboard

A new “Digital Dealership Dashboard” has been developed and beta-tested under the direction of Parker Business Planning, with plans for its official unveiling at the MRAA Dealer Week December 6, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Available exclusively through Parker Business Planning, this new digital technology and custom application offers major improvements in retail marine financial reporting, featuring expanded, industry-wide comparative benchmarks ...

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