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New England Boat Show reports strong attendance, boat sales

The nine-day Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show concluded on Sunday, reporting an attendance of 50,726, down 2% from last year’s record attendance of 51,725, but up 2% from the three year average attendance of 49,728. Even more, NMMA said exhibitors are reporting strong boat sales and positive conversations with attendees for the second year in a row. NMMA reported the show’s brand ...

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Williams Jet Tenders names new development director

Williams Jet Tenders has announced that long-term team member, Dan Bloice-Smith has been promoted to development director. In his new position Bloice-Smith will oversee the development of all new products for Williams, as well as the on-going evolution of the existing world-class Williams range. Bloice-Smith joined Williams 10 years ago as an engineer and has been instrumental in the growth ...

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Sea Tow Foundation promotes life jacket use at MIBS 2020

When more than 100,000 individuals visited this year’s Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show to see the new boats and boating gear, the Sea Tow Foundation made sure that the attendees received a quick course in the importance of wearing life jackets when on or around the water. As a result of the show’s captive audience, tens of thousands of boating enthusiasts  interacted with ...

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18 products receive Innovation Awards at MIBS 2020

he NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored winners of the 2020 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, recognizing exceptionally groundbreaking new consumer marine products. The Awards were presented during the boat show’s annual Innovation Breakfast, held at the Rusty Pelican on Virginia Key. This year’s program evaluated 71 products across 21 categories. The judges ultimately selected 18 winners. The Innovation Awards ...

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Elevate 2020 issues call for presentations

The Boating Industry Elevate Summit is now accepting speaker proposals for the 2020 conference. Elevate 2020 will be Nov. 16-18 at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta. Attendees at Elevate are the owners, executives and top managers of boating industry companies including manufacturers, dealers, marinas and others in the industry. We’re looking for presentations designed for these top-level leaders ...

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ORR igniting progress at every level

Representatives from the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) said that outdoor recreation initiatives are off to a great start in 2020 thanks to Outdoor Recreation Roundtable members at the center of the action. At the state level, Offices of Outdoor Recreation (ORECs) are advancing:  Indiana unanimously passed a resolution out of the Senate Natural Resources Committee calling for the creation of an Office of ...

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NMMA presents Charles Chapman Award at MIBS 2020

The NMMA honored Carl Blackwell, the NMMA, and Joe Lewis, Mount Dora Boating Center & Marina, with the 2020 Charles Chapman Award, most notably for their leadership as Grow Boating president and chairman, respectively, dedicating their careers to getting new boaters on the water and helping guide new boaters into boat ownership. The Chapman Award recognizes individuals or groups within ...

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Bill Waters honored with 2020 Alan J. Freedman Award

The NMMA honored Bill Watters, President of Syntec Industries, with the 2020 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who’ve made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation. The award was presented during the annual Miami Boat Show Innovation Breakfast, presented by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.  “Bill Watters has been a ...

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NMMA recognizes 62 manufacturers with Customer Satisfaction Index Awards

The NMMA announced 62 recipients of the 2019 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards for excellence in customer satisfaction. Award recipients were acknowledged during the Innovation Breakfast at the 2020 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, presented by West Marine. The Marine Industry CSI Awards honor boat and engine manufacturers who actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better ...

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Marine Marketers of America announce 2019 Neptune Award winners

Marine Marketers of America (MMA) announced the winners of the 2019 Neptune Awards for Marine Marketing Excellence during the Miami Boat Show.  “Winning a Neptune Award communicates the highest level of marketing achievement in the boating industry,” said MMA President Wanda Kenton Smith. “This year’s field of entries represents a stellar mix of outstanding marketing initiatives launched and executed by ...

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