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MRAA names scholarship recipients during awards celebration at MDCE

During its second annual Opening Night Awards Celebration on Dec. 9, the MRAA presented various members of the marine industry with scholarships across a variety of categories. The Awards Celebration took place on the first night of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. Patrick Green named 2018 Kevin Lodder Scholarship recipient Patrick Green, Director of Certification and ...

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Grow Boating expands 2018 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo support threefold

With the mission of providing marine retailers with education, tools and resources to apply with in their businesses, Grow Boating Inc. has expanded its support of the 2018 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. Through this educational partnership, attendees will have the chance to expand their learning experiences at MDCE through the Pre-Conference Workshops, the MRAA Special Presentation, and the MDCE ...

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MarineMax hosts first-ever virtual yacht expo

MarineMax recently host the first ever Virtual Yacht Expo, Dec. 7 to Dec. 9. “As part of our commitment to providing the very best customer service, we are proud to bring the yachts to our potential customers,” said MarineMax CRO Chuck Cashman. From the comfort of their very own phone, tablet, or computer, customers were be able to experience the ...

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Boston Whaler receives honorary service, leadership degree

Boston Whaler has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Master of Business from the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce. The company was nominated by the city of Edgewater in recognition of its many years of dedicated service and leadership in the community. “We’re honored to receive this recognition,” said Boston Whaler Vice President of Strategic Engagement Rebecca Crews, a newly ...

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NMLA announces new board members, 2019 officers

The National Marine Lenders Association has announced the results of the association’s recent election for three board seats and the board’s confirmation of officers. The candidates elected to serve on the Board of Directors through 2021 are incumbent Jim Coburn, managing director, Coburn & Associates (MIch.), Ken Donner, senior vice president and director of retail marine credit for Shore Premier ...

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CDK Global Recreation, Sea Tow Services International announce new partnership

CDK Global Recreation and Sea Tow Services International have announced a partnership that will help deliver peace-of-mind and security to boaters all throughout North America. Beginning today, each of CDK Global Recreation’s 3,000-plus dealers will be given the opportunity to provide their customers with Sea Tow’s 24/7 on-water assistance programs with the simple click of a button. Whether it’s a ...

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ValvTect and Better Diesel FBC announce alliance

Marvin Griffin, President of ValvTect Petroleum Products has welcomed the opportunity to team up with Better Diesel FBC, Inc. to distribute Better Diesel FBC (Fuel Borne Catalyst) and work on other projects including new product development. “ValvTect has the expertise to help market this unique product to fuel distributors, fleets and truck stops throughout the country through our vast distribution ...

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Mercury opens state-of-the-art Fond du Lac technical center

Only eight months after breaking ground, Mercury Marine has officially opened a new state-of-the-art expansion at its global headquarters in Fond du Lac. The two-story NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) Technical Center adds close to 20,000 additional square feet to the more than 2.5 million square-foot campus. This $10 million investment to Mercury’s global headquarters gives the company the largest and ...

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West Marine hires retail executive as new CEO

West Marine has hired retail executive Ken Seipel as the company's new CEO. Seipel is an experienced leader with a strong track record helping grow privately held retail companies, as well as Fortune 500 brands. He was most recently CEO of Gabe’s and prior to that held executive positions with a wide range of retail organizations including Old Navy, Target ...

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Montara Boats signs 27 Surf Boss pontoon dealers

Since announcing its Surf Boss surfing pontoon in mid October, Minnesota-based Montara Boats has welcomed 27 dealers to its retail network and has more than 23 additional dealerships pending. Montara’s patent pending Surf Boss has struck a positive cord with boaters and retailers. Over 60,000 viewers read Montara’s introductory press release which was also a top industry story in October. ...

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