Trade Associations

NMMA seeks nominations for 2023 Freedman Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2023 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. Recipients of the NMMA's Freedman Award are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation.  The following are categories for consideration: Marine aftermarket or OEM manufacturerMarine representativeMember of marine-focused mediaBoat dealerMarine distributorMarine trade association staff person To nominate ...

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ICOMIA launches updated distributors’ guide

The comprehensive ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) International Distributors' Guide has been updated and enhanced to improve the ability of ICOMIA Member Associations to assist their members in the development of international distribution networks. The updated guide was introduced to the global marine industry at METSTRADE 2022 last week. It will be available to members of the 37 ...

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RBFF promotes senior staff

Two senior RBFF staff members have been promoted: Rachel Piacenza has been promoted to Senior Director, Marketing, after leading the successful Get On Board campaign in FY23. Stephanie Hussey, RBFF's longest tenured employee, has been promoted to Senior Director, Government Engagement.

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NMEA announces 2023 training schedule

NMEA has announced their lineup of both in-person and virtual marine electronics installer training events. Listed below is the full NMEA 2023 Training Schedule. January 2023 Virtual Training Event Start Time 7AM EST (UTC -5) Trainer: Mike Spyros January 18 – Basic Marine Electronics Installer (MEI) January 19 – Basic NMEA 2000 Installer February 2023 IN PERSON Event (Not Virtual) ...

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Sea Tow, MarineMax team up on boating safety

Sea Tow Foundation

The Sea Tow Foundation, with support from MarineMax in the form of a generous donation match, is promoting a month of giving for boating safety throughout November. The Sea Tow Foundation fulfills its mission of providing education, tools and resources to promote safe and responsible boating through efforts such as its Life Jacket Loaner Program, Sober Skipper Campaign, Boating Safety ...

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Discover Boating campaign brings in new boaters

Last spring, Discover Boating set out to engage the next generation of boaters while continuing to retain newcomers and legacy boaters through its ‘See You Out Here’ campaign. Supported by a comprehensive marketing strategy, the campaign made an impact in attracting younger, more diverse boaters as demonstrated by the 145% increase in website visitors ages 18-44 and 31% increase in female users compared to ...

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IBEX calls for 2023 proposals

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that the IBEX Education Conference Call for Proposals (CFP) has opened. The IBEX Education Conference will offer training, workshops, and technical seminars to attendees of the 2023 IBEX Show, to be held October 3 - 5, 2023, in the Tampa Convention Center. Feedback is requested and is important in identifying emerging trends, ...

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National Sailing Hall of Fame announces 2022 inductees

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced the induction of thirteen sailors during its 12th ceremony, held Nov. 5, 2022 in Newport, R.I. The Class of 2022 includes: Ed Adams – Racing legend and coach, Adams excelled in college, World Championship and offshore competitions. As a coach his teams have won numerous Olympic and World Championship titles.Absalom Boston – Mariner, entrepreneur ...

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NATDA updates schedule and extends expo hall hours

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) has announced dates and a new schedule for the 2023 NADTA Trailer Show. The event returns to Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, from Wednesday, Aug. 30 to Thursday, Aug. 31, with tailored events beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 29th. The event begins the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 29, with Dealership Performance Trainingfeaturing hands-on ...

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