In Brief: MRAA, Vicem Yachts, South Carolina Marine Association

Following a similar letter from the National Marine Manufacturers Association two weeks ago, the Marine Retailers Association of America recently wrote President Obama expressing disappointment with a comment the president made while announcing a new Small Business Lending Initiative. Obama said in his speech: “When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices.” The MRAA’s letter touted the contributions the marine industry has made to the U.S. economy and said, “We believe you should not have singled out boats and boat buying just as you should not deride consumers for buying a watch, a coat, or a car or truck.”

Vicem Yachts, Turkish builders of luxury motor yachts, sportfishers and now megayachts, have added three yachting industry professionals to their team, according to a release. The additions are Corrado Del Fanti, Director of Marketing; Roy Sea, Sales Director; and Katherine Azuma, Inside Sales Manager. “We have an aggressive and ambitious agenda to raise the Vicem brand, product lines and market presence to new heights through a multi-faceted approach involving marketing, sales and support,” Alberto Perrone Da Zara, CEO of Vicem Yachts, said in the release. “In order to accomplish this, we continue to bring in strong, capable personnel in Corrado, Roy and Katherine, who are each committed to our vision and whose business acumen and achievements will serve well to further our objectives.”

South Carolina State Senator Dick Elliott, representing Dillon, Horry, Marion and Marlboro counties, recently presented the South Carolina Marine Association with a resolution passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives designating June 12, 2010, as the annual National Marina Day in South Carolina. The resolution was introduced by Senator Elliott “in order to honor South Carolina’s marinas for their contributions to the community and make citizens, policymakers, and employees more aware of the overall contributions of marinas to their well-being.”

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