Correct Craft and Nautique Boat Company, along with family and friends, recently celebrated the 100th birthday of Ralph C. Meloon, son of Correct Craft founder Walter C. Meloon.
“Mr. Ralph,” as he’s endearingly referred to by employees, is a 2013 NMMA Hall of Fame inductee and a 2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame Special Lifetime Tribute recipient.
Meloon held many positions at Correct Craft over the years including president, executive vice president, treasurer, and chairman of the board for more than 25 years. Under Ralph’s leadership, the company evolved into an innovative leader in the waterski and wakesports industry.
Meloon has traveled the globe helping to build Correct Craft and Nautique into premier brands for water ski and wakeboard enthusiasts worldwide. He has visited 85 different nations through the years and was instrumental in selling boats to water ski federations in numerous countries and attending international water ski tournaments.
Even at his centennial birthday, Meloon continues to be an important figure in the industry and currently serves as Correct Craft’s Chairman Emeritus.
“Ralph Meloon is an inspiration to so many people around the world including those of us at Correct Craft companies,” said Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin. “Our team could not be more excited to honor him on his 100th birthday. Ralph is clearly one of the most respected and loved men I have had the pleasure to know. Almost everywhere around the world I have travelled on behalf of Correct Craft, undoubtedly someone asks about Mr. Ralph.”