At the helm: Breaking stereotypes and leading the future

Millennials continue to be a talking point for the industry in terms of boat buyers and rightly so. According to Pew Research Center, the generation is projected to overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest living adult generation in 2019.

While the industry tackles the topic of finding ways to get millennials into boating and buying boats, we are excited to highlight millennials inside the industry’s workforce, building the future and propelling the industry forward.

In the proceeding pages, we honor this year’s 40 Under 40. From marketing team members, to marina owners, these young professionals are breaking stereotypes of milennials and leading the way to a bright future for the marine industry.

Though it won’t be the only solution, members of a particular generation tend to relate to other members of the same generation— birds of a feather flock together, right? With such talented and driven milennials in the marine industry’s workforce sharing their passions for boating with others, we see hope in getting a growing number of younger generations involved in the boating world.

Changes at and inside Boating Industry

As you probably noticed, there is a new face at the top of this column where you used to find the face of Tim Hennagir. Tim was presented the opportunity to pursue his passion to teach journalism at the collegiate level, as well as work toward completing a master’s degree in the field, which he simply couldn’t turn down.

While the new opportunity takes Tim from Boating Industry as a full-time endeavor, we are happy to say he will very much remain a member of the Boating Industry family as a contributing editor, and continue to help the BI editorial team on larger projects such as the Top 100.

We at Boating Industry are excited to say our editorial team continues to grow, so that we can further push forward with the up-to-date, accurate and in-depth marine industry news, industry-leading recognition programs, and more that you’ve come to expect from us.

A different face on this column isn’t the only change you’ll find in this issue. Be sure to check out the newly redesigned Products & Services section on page 40, where you will find information and an editorial review of some of the newest safety-related products on the market.

In the new section, the Boating Industry editorial team will provide product reviews after testing each product, as well as contact information for dealers, retailers, etc. should they be interested in carrying the product and a variety of other information. Each edition’s section will follow product themes, such as surf & wake products, fishing products, electronics, and more. That being said, if you’re a manufacturer, PR representative, etc. and have a product(s) that you want featured in the new section, drop me an email.  


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