Innovation judges named for MAATS

CHICAGO – The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International have announced judges for the 2007 MAATS Innovation Awards, presented during the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show in Las Vegas July 19.

The Innovation Awards judges’ panel is comprised of BWI members who perform product testing throughout the year and have specific expertise in marine accessories. Judges are selected to participate on the panel by the BWI Innovation Awards Committee, directed by Zuzana Prochazka.

Judges for this year’s MAATS Innovation Awards are:

  • Jan Mundy (Innovation Awards Chair) – editor, DIY Boat Owner magazine
  • Jim Barron – technical editor, Trailer Boats magazine
  • Mark Corke – editor, Boatworks and SAIL magazines
  • Scott Croft – assistant editor, BoatU.S. Magazine
  • Alan Jones – executive editor, Boating World magazine
  • Zuzana Prochazka – writer, Latitudes & Attitudes magazine
  • Alan Wendt – editor, Marine CEO magazine.
  • “We selected a mixture of qualified boating journalists from different publications and varied areas of expertise to sit on the 2007 MAATS Innovation Awards judges’ panel,” said Mundy, who was recently named Innovation Awards chair for the MAATS program and will lead the judges’ panel during its deliberations and product discussions.

    NMMA and BWI will recognize up to nine new products, plus one Environmental Award at this year’s MAATS. Exhibiting companies can submit products for consideration in the following categories until Friday, June 22:

  • Interior Parts (seating, lighting, galley, plumbing, electrical, ventilation)
  • Aftermarket Electronics, Electrical Equipment, Instrumentation, Navigation Equipment (including software)
  • Boat Care, Coatings, Chemicals, Maintenance Tools
  • Deck Equipment (rigging, rope, docking and anchoring equipment, boat covers, canvas work, mooring gear)
  • Propulsion Parts, Propellers (engine equipment, trim tabs, engine maintenance, trolling motors, engine oils, other engine maintenance products)
  • Personal Gear, Soft Goods
  • Safety Products (all safety products that can be added aftermarket)
  • Trailers, Parts & Accessories
  • Water Sports & Equipment (fun, non-safety products, dinghies, inflatables, fishing products).
  • In its seventh year as the premier gathering for the accessories aftermarket, the 2007 installment of MAATS brings together more than 350 exhibitors displaying products in the Las Vegas Convention Center July 18-20.

    A MAATS Welcome Reception will be held for all attendees and exhibitors on the evening of Tuesday, July 17, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. just outside the show floor. And returning for a second consecutive year is the MAATS Silent Auction, held as part of the opening night event. All proceeds collected from the auction go to benefit the industry’s Grow Boating Initiative.

    Once again, MAATS will continue its long-standing association with the National Marine Distributors Association’s S.T.E.P. Conference, being held July 16-17 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Other popular features returning to this year’s event include Buyer-Supplier Meetings and New Product Previews, which give exhibitors a forum to introduce new products to an attentive group of more than 150 invited buyers and media representatives.

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