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Union Marine recognized by Bayliner Boats

Bayliner Boats recently awarded Union Marine at their annual dealer meeting in Knoxville, Tenn. Union Marine was awarded the 2019 President’s Club Top 10 North American Dealer & 2019 Creative Marketer. Union Marine has been honored as Bayliner’s market leader for the past ten years. “We are really excited about the direction that the Bayliner team is going and we are ...

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Boating Industry names Ron Huibers as 2019 Mover and Shaker of the Year

By David Gee The term “Movers and Shakers” was coined by Arthur O’Shaughnessy in his 1874 poem Ode. It is commonly used to describe those whose achievements are uncommon. For our purposes, the 9th annual Movers & Shakers Awards recognize innovative leaders and pioneers in the recreational boating industry who embrace the challenge of change. Their passion for boating, combined with ...

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IBEX announces 2019 Innovation Award winners

The 2019 IBEX Innovation Awards, managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), were presented at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) during the annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, October 1. Eight BWI judges with various technical backgrounds in boating selected the new product winners from over 100 entries submitted by marine trade ...

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Hugelmeyer assumes helm as NMMA president, delivers first industry address

Frank Hugelmeyer started his first day as NMMA president delivering his inaugural industry address at this morning’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) annual Industry Breakfast & Awards Presentation in Tampa. Hugelmeyer, a veteran leader in the outdoor recreation industry, succeeds Thom Dammrich, who spent 20 years as NMMA president and retired yesterday, Sept. 30.About how he came to NMMA, ...

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Brunswick Boat Group opens new technology center

Brunswick Boat Group, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has officially opened its new, 45,000 square foot technology center in Edgewater, Florida, home to the industry’s most formidable boat product development, engineering and design teams. The opening of this facility is the culmination of a strategy that was announced in late January, designed to bring engineering and design functions ...

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Honda Marine announces agreement with SanJuanYachts

Honda Marine announced at the 2019 International Boat Builder's Exhibition (IBEX) trade venue an exclusive new OEM agreement with SanJuanYachts. At IBEX, the boatbuilder has unveiled a prototype of its new sportfishing yacht, the SJ32, which expands the company’s reach beyond the premium pleasure boat category into the segment of luxury sportfishing. According to the terms of the exclusive new agreement, Honda Marine will ...

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Correct Craft CEO to chair Interior Department’s recreation advisory panel

Bill Yeargin, president and CEO of Correct Craft was elected to serve as Chair of the Department of the Interior’s “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee (ORAC) – a board comprised of recreation industry representatives that counsels Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on policies to expand access to and improve infrastructure on public lands and waterways. “Bill is a true champion of ...

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Johnson Outdoors granted exclusions from Section 301 tariffs

Johnson Outdoors Inc. announced that the company has been granted exclusions for some of its products’ components subject to Section 301 tariffs. These granted exclusions concern components currently sourced from China for products manufactured in the Company’s North American production facilities and sold worldwide. As a result of the exclusions announced today, the Company is reducing the estimated impact of ...

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MRAA calls for Lifetime Achievement Award nominations

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has opened the nomination period for the Third Annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes marine retail professionals who have made fundamental, significant and sustained contributions to the marine industry. Applications are due October 18, 2019. Last year, Gary Briggs of Wayzata Marine, Wayzata, Minn., was named the second recipient of ...

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NMMA announces 2019 Hall of Fame Award recipients

The NMMA announced today the induction of two industry pioneers into the NMMA Hall of Fame, its most prestigious honor. Earl Bentz, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Caymas Boats, and Scott Deal, Founder and CEO of Maverick Boat Group, will be presented with the 2019 NMMA Hall of Fame Award during the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) at the show’s annual ...

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