Suppliers/Aftermarket

Sea Tow’s Kristen Frohnhoefer named Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year

Sea Tow president named Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year

Kristen Frohnhoefer, president of Sea Tow Services International, has been named the Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) Educational Foundation. Frohnhoefer received the prestigious award during the virtual version of MRAA’s 2020 Dealer Week. The Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award is named after the late Darlene Briggs ...

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ELEVATE SUMMIT sessions and event content now online

Boating Industry Elevate Summit

All of the sessions from the 2020 Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT conference are now available for everyone to view online. The virtual version of this year's Top 100 gala celebration and awards show is also available. The Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT 2020 far exceeded its goals to connect, collaborate, cultivate and celebrate top marine industry visionaries and emerging leaders over ...

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Johnson Outdoors reports higher sales and earnings

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Outdoor recreation equipment and technology company Johnson Outdoors announced higher revenue and earnings for the 2020 fiscal year. High demand for products in fishing, camping and watercraft recreation extended into the industry’s seasonally slow fiscal fourth quarter, driving higher sales and operating profit year-over-year for a strong finish to a challenging year. “The 2020 fiscal year was like no other year ...

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Sea Tow Foundation announces National Boating Industry Safety Award winners

The Sea Tow Foundation and its North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council announced winners of the National Boating Industry Safety Awards which recognize the best boating safety work in the for-profit section of the recreational boating industry. Sponsored by KICKER Marine Audio, the six top contest winners were revealed in a special awards recognition segment held during the Marine Retailer ...

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Patrick Industries completes acquisition of Taco Metals

Patrick Industries

Patrick Industries, Inc. announced it has completed the acquisition of Taco Metals, a leading manufacturer of boating products including rub rail systems, canvas and tower components, sport fishing and outrigger systems, helm chairs and pedestals, and specialty hardware for leading OEMs in the recreational boating industry. Taco is headquartered in Miami, Florida, with manufacturing facilities in Tennessee and Florida, and ...

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Elite Recreational Finance adds new F&I portal

Elite Recreational Finance

Elite Recreational Finance has launched EMS, Elite Management System, enabling dealer partners 24/7 access to their deals while improving internal efficiencies. “We are excited to be able to bring EMS to market for 2021,” said Jimmy Delegro, President of Elite. “I started this company on a shoestring budget with some very loyal dealer partners. To be able to provide them ...

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Miami Watersports Complex hosts first annual Jungle Jam competition

Miami Watersports Complex

Miami Watersports Complex (MWC) hosted its first annual Jungle Jam competition sponsored by Nautique and Hyperlite. Jungle Jam is a competition utilized to encourage new riders to compete and incorporate the professional division. The competition hosted 47 riders where 20 of them competed for the first time. “It’s really amazing seeing the community spirit here at Miami Watersports Complex, the ...

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Carling Technologies announces the passing of Maretron director of sales

Kip Wasilewski

Carling Technologies is saddened to announce that its Director of Sales for the Maretron brand, Kip Wasilewski, recently passed away suddenly. Frank Emnett, co-founder of the Maretron brand of vessel monitoring and control systems stated, “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my colleague. Kip has made an indelible mark on the reputation and success of ...

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Garmin reports record third quarter operating results

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Garmin Ltd. announced results for the third quarter ended September 26. Highlights for third quarter 2020 include: Total revenue of over $1.1 billion, a 19% year-over-year increase, led by robust growth in marine, fitness and outdoorGross margin and operating margin were 60.2% and 28.6%, respectivelyOperating income of $317 million, increasing 21% over the prior year quarterGAAP diluted EPS was $1.63 ...

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Furuno USA mourns the passing of Jeff Shield

Jeff Shield

Furuno USA is mourning commercial sales representative Jeff Shield who passed away following complications from a recent medical procedure. This is from a Furno USA company press release. Jeff was a Delaware native who joined the Coast Guard at a very young age and worked his way up to Senior Chief. In his 21 years of service, Jeff provided mentorship ...

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