Soundings Trade Only launches new type of innovation award

Soundings Trade Only has created a new type of innovation award for the recreational boating industry.

Rather than focusing on individuals or products, the Most Innovative Marine Company Awards will acknowledge companies using innovation in different ways to advance their businesses.

The awards are open to all types and sizes of marine companies around the world.

“Our industry has recognized individuals and products but has not honored the efforts that companies make to transform their businesses and push the industry forward,” said Michele Goldsmith, publisher of Soundings Trade Only. “We’re planning to look at the wide range of initiatives we’re seeing across the industry, from established companies to startups.”

This is the first time that such an award has included all sectors, said Michael Verdon, editor in chief of Soundings Trade Only.

“It’s not just about what you do or make, but how you do it, and the positive impacts it has on your company and the industry,” Verdon said.

The awards panel will review a broad range of company initiatives that include innovative materials, new manufacturing processes, fresh marketing approaches, workforce solutions, supply chain, export programs and others.

“The goal is to recognize achievements and innovative business practices all over the world,” Goldsmith said. “We know there are many companies inspiring positive change. If you have done something unusual and outstanding in the last year, we want to recognize your efforts.”

The awards will focus on the period from Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2018. Applications may be submitted online from July 1 through August 31, 2018.

An article profiling the Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies and one overall winner will appear in the Soundings Trade Only November issue and on the website. Winners will receive additional benefits.

Please contact Michele Goldsmith at or (847) 373-0385.

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