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IMTRA restructures leadership, adds staff

IMTRA announced a restructuring of key management to add new roles, ensure customer experience and enable continued growth. Colby Chevalier has been added to the IMTRA Leadership Team and has taken on the role of director of product management. Tom “TJ” Orr was hired to fill Chevalier’s position as lighting product manager. IMTRA’s long-time office manager, Lisa Nolet has been ...

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States receive more than $1 Billion for recreation access and conservation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing more than $1 billion this year to support increased outdoor access and wildlife habitat conservation across all 50 states and U.S. territories. The funds are generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting, fishing equipment, and boat fuel. Authorized by Congress through the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux Federal ...

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NMMA cautions against Section 232 tariffs on autos and parts

NMMA – along with a coalition of stakeholder partners – recently sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to refrain from imposing auto tariffs using Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The president previously exercised this authority by imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel, which caused price increases, domestic shortages, and retaliatory measures on U.S. boat ...

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NMMA to host webinar on ABC 2019

With the 2019 American Boating Congress (ABC) just around the corner, NMMA is hosting a webinar later this month to provide registrants and potential attendees an overview of what to expect at this year’s industry summit in Washington, D.C. Click here to register today. The webinar is a great opportunity to receive more information about this year’s agenda, priority issue ...

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Seakeeper wins 2019 Edison Award for Seakeeper 2 gyro stabilizer

Seakeeper, Inc. received an Edison Award for their Seakeeper 2 gyro stabilizer. The Edison Awards honor excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human- centered design and innovation. The Seakeeper 2 gyro, specially designed for boats from 27 -32 feet long, was chosen as a finalist in the Transportation Technology category earlier in the year and then received a ...

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NMMA welcomes $20 million in grants for recreational boating infrastructure projects

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program continues its substantial contributions to recreational boaters and local communities and their economies through this year’s award of $20.6 million in grants to states and U.S. territories. By providing funding to support dedicated boat facilities and associated amenities, the BIG program helps Americans enjoy the nation’s waters and our ...

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MBIA urges boaters to voice their opposition to wind turbines in the Great Lakes

The Michigan Boating Industries Association, along with environmental groups, boating associations, and property owners are urging boaters to raise their voice in opposition of the proposed Icebreaker wind power turbines in Lake Erie. Nicki Polan, executive director of MBIA says: “MBIA is not opposed to alternative sources of energy. But, regarding wind farms in our Great Lakes, we find far ...

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MarineMax names new vice president of MarineMax Vacations, Aquila International

MarineMax announced that Dave Biggie has been promoted to Vice President of MarineMax Vacations and Aquila International Sales. "Both MarineMax Vacations and Aquila Power Catamarans have been experiencing tremendous growth,” says Brett McGill, Chief Executive Officer and President of MarineMax. "Dave has been leading the MarineMax Vacations and Aquila International Sales divisions, so it was a natural transition to appoint ...

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Brunswick Corporation names new Mercury Marine president

Brunswick Corporation promoted Christopher Drees, president – marine parts and accessories, to president – Mercury Marine. Drees succeeds John Pfeifer, who has chosen to leave Brunswick to pursue opportunities outside the company. Drees will report to Brunswick chief executive officer David M. Foulkes. The appointment is effective immediately. "Assuming the Mercury presidency is a natural progression for Chris,” Foulkes explained. ...

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