On Monday, Yamaha Marine Group hosted the first of five Georgia Chamber Fly-Around events with Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) at Yamaha’s Southeastern headquarters in Kennesaw, Ga.
This event kicked off a tour of influential Georgia businesses ahead of the Nov. 8 general election, where Senator Isakson will be looking for reelection to the U.S. Senate. Also presenting were Ben Speciale, president, Yamaha Marine Group; Rob Engstrom, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Chris Clark, president & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
The event highlighted the economic impact of Yamaha in the United States and underlined the need for continued pro-business policies in Georgia. Senator Isakson was championed throughout the event as a leader on Capitol Hill who fights tirelessly to bring jobs to Georgia and strengthen the nation’s economy.
“It was an honor to host Senator Isakson at our facility today, and we appreciate all that he does for the people of this state,” said Martin Peters, government relations manager, Yamaha Marine Group. “We were also thankful that the Senator presented us with an opportunity to share the story of Yamaha’s economic impact in the United States. Our water-based products alone represent over a billion dollars in direct economic impact, with billions more throughout our boatbuilder and dealer networks. In order for our industry to continue to grow, we need strong leaders, like Senator Isakson, in the U.S. Senate.”
Prior to the event, Senator Isakson held a private roundtable discussion with Yamaha leadership to discuss the impact of government policies on Yamaha’s business in the recreational industry. Dean Burnett, president, Yamaha Watercraft Group, and Mike Martinez, vice president, ATV/SxS and Outdoor Power Equipment discussed the issues affecting their business units with Senator Isakson. Among the issues discussed were the need to cap ethanol in the fuel supply at 10 percent and the need to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act with legislative language that promotes recreational fishing.