Celebrating the industry’s best

By Adam Quandt

This month’s issue features the Boating Industry’s Top 100 as we honor the best boat dealers in North America for the 17th time.

After nearly two years surrounded by uncertainty, unprecedented demand and a pile of new challenges, this year’s Top 100 is a group of dealers that should be extremely proud of how they’ve navigated uncharted waters and found success like never before.

Over the years, the Top 100 Dealers program has recognized not only the best boat dealerships across North America, but also shined a spotlight on specific dealers for their efforts in various aspects of business like customer service and marketing, which you can read about in this year’s Best in Class section.

As our industry adapts and changes to meet new demands and new ways of selling boats, I’m excited to say the Top 100 Dealers program is also changing and adapting as we gear up for 2022.

That being said, keep your eyes peeled in the coming months for information about everything new coming to the program that I think the entire recreational boating industry will be especially excited about for 2022 and beyond.

But for now, take the time to celebrate and enjoy this recognition. We at Boating Industry know how hard and tirelessly you’ve worked over the last year to get a record number of new people into the boating lifestyle. Be sure to congratulate your team on not only surviving, but thriving through unprecedented times.

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Also, before we move into a new year of Top 100, I want to be sure to again thank the organizations that make the Top 100 program possible. As the 2021 Leadership Alliance, Dealer Profit Services and Kicker Marine Audio consistently acknowledge the importance of supporting the best dealers across North America.

Their continued support of the Top 100 Leadership Alliance allows us at Boating Industry to both celebrate the Top 100 and share their best practices with the entire industry throughout the entire year.

Here’s to you, the 2021 Top 100 Dealers! 

Adam Quandt is the Managing Editor of Boating Industry, as well as the Top 100 Program Director.

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