Joe O’Neal receives inaugural MMTA Frank Farrall Distinguished Service Award

Joe O’Neal was honored at the annual Massachusetts Marine Trades Association Business Conference with the first-ever Frank Farrell Distinguished Service Award.

The Frank Farrell Distinguished Service Award is a new award that will be presented by the MMTA from time-to-time to an outstanding person in the marine industry. It may recognize long and devoted service, untiring commitment to a specific cause, or a singular act that significantly advances recreational boating in the marine industry.

The award is named for the late Frank Farrell (1928-2001), a man known for his tireless dedication to the growth of recreational boating and the marine industry in Massachusetts. Farrell was a co-creator of the first New England Boat Show in 1957 and was instrumental in the formation of this organization in 1964. Farrell became the first full-time executive director of the MMTA in 1975 and served in that position for 25 years.

Joe O’Neal has a long history of devoted service to the marine industry, having been co-owner and manager of the New England Boat Show for 35 years before retiring in 2016.

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