Trade Associations

Yamaha, Florida trade association bring certification program to Ft. Myers Technical College

As part of a continued effort to develop qualified marine technicians, Yamaha Marine and the Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay (MIA of SWFL&TB) teamed up to help provide the funding and equipment to make it possible for Ft. Myers Technical College (FMTC) to offer Yamaha’s new Maintenance Certification Program (MCP) to students during the 2020/2021 school ...

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Water Sports Foundation appoints Wanda Kenton Smith to communications director

The Water Sports Foundation (WSF) has appointed veteran journalist, marine marketer and publicist Wanda Kenton Smith of Kenton Smith Marketing to head communications and PR for its latest U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Outreach Grant focused on expanding national media coverage and enhancing media relations. Kenton Smith is a 35-plus year, award-winning marine industry professional whose career includes editor of ...

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Michigan Boating Industries Association announces annual award winners

The Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) has announced its 2020 recipients for the MBIA Hall of Fame, Ray L. Underwood Lifetime Achievement Award, and Lighthouse Awards. Pete Beauregard, Jr. of Colony Marine Sales and Service in St. Clair Shores and Pontiac, MI has been inducted into the Michigan Boating Industries Association Hall of Fame for the year 2020. Beauregard will be honored ...

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Detroit Boat Show canceled for 2021

Detroit Boat Show logo

The Michigan Boating Industries Association has announced the cancellation of the 63rd annual Detroit Boat Show, which was scheduled to run January 16 - 24, 2021, at The TCF Center, (formerly Cobo Center), in Detroit. A statement from Nicki Polan, Show Manager and Executive Director, was posted on the organization's website. "In response to limiting the spread of the COVID-19 and many ...

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ORR provides breakdown of latest recreation economy data

This week the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the latest ORSA (Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account) data, showing outdoor recreation remained a crucial part of the American economy in 2018 and 2019, generating $788 billion in output in 2019 alone. This is up from $778 billion in 2017 and $742 billion in 2016. This new government data on our sector will bolster our work ensuring recognition of the vast and growing ...

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ABYC opens registration for 12th annual Standards Week

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the nonprofit organization that develops the safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of recreational boats, announced that registration is now open for its 12th annual Standards Week – Virtual & Extended,  held Jan. 5-28, 2021.  What has usually taken place over a week of day long meetings will be extended to limit the ...

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Sea Tow Foundation accepting Life Jacket Loaner Station applications

The Sea Tow Foundation – a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading awareness of safe boating practices – has announced that those passionate about boating and saving lives through life jacket use, can apply to host a loaner station, or restock one in their community. As part of a grant administered through the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust ...

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Chris-Craft’s Steve Heese elected NMMA Board Chair

Steve Heese named NMMA Board Chair

NMMA announced elections to its Board of Directors as well as its three Divisional Boards. Steve Heese, President of Chris-Craft Corporation, has been elected Chairperson of the NMMA Board, which was previously held by Ben Speciale, President of Yamaha’s U.S. Marine Business Unit.Officer elections on the NMMA Board of Directors include: Vice Chair: Ned Trigg, Executive VP of Dometic MarineTreasurer: Ron ...

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Nominations sought for 2021 Freedman Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 Alan J. Freedman Award.  Recipients of the NMMA 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 an individual, please ...

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ABYC mourns passing of E. Charles Game

E. Charlie Game passes

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) is mourning the loss of industry veteran Ernest Charles “Charlie” Game II, who passed Nov. 7, 2020. Game began his career working for Alcoa Aluminum and later as director of product reliability and standards for Hatteras Yachts. In 1994, he started E.C. Game Engineering as owner and president. He was a registered professional ...

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