Sea Ray celebrates 60th anniversary, honors dealers at awards dinner

Sea Ray recently celebrated its 60th anniversary during a marine industry dealer meeting at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Texas.

During the event, attendees experienced on-water product demonstrations of Sea Ray’s latest model line-up including the Sundancer 320, SDX 250 Outboard, SLX 400 and the brand-new, limited-edition SLX-R 350 Outboard, recently named a 2019 Top Product by Boating Industry.

In addition, attendees participated in training, opportunities for partner connections and a Texas-style cookout with celebrity chef Tim Love. Sea Ray president and general manager, Brad Anderson, Brunswick Boat Group president Huw Bower and Brunswick CEO, Dave Foulkes, shared business updates including Sea Ray’s focus on: Inspired Design, Meticulous Craftmanship, Effortless Performance, Unrivaled Support, and Elevated Experiences, along with their vision for the company’s future which was praised by all in attendance.

During the Diamond Anniversary Gala and Awards Dinner, Sea Ray honored dealers in categories for Lifetime Achievement, top sales, Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Dealer Satisfaction and Diamond Recognition for 60 or more years in business.

Rod and Wanda Malone from Sail & Ski Center were honored posthumously with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was accepted on their behalf by their son, Doug Malone as well as Sail & Ski president, Buzz Watkins, and the Sail & Ski team. Individuals are selected for this award thanks to lasting impressions left on the marine industry, their place of business as well as their impact through personal connections.

“My family is very honored to have our parents recognized by Sea Ray for the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Malone.  “Sea Ray was the catalyst that propelled our business to prosper and become what it is today. My dad absolutely loved everything about Sea Ray, the products and especially the people. He was so proud to be a Sea Ray dealer. We owe Sea Ray a great debt of gratitude for what they have done in our lifetime.”

Here’s a look at all the award winners from the 60th anniversary celebration:

Top 5 International Dealers:

  • 1. Marina Marbella S.A., Spain, Portugal and Morocco
  • 2. Performance Boats S.A. De C.V., Mexico
  • 3. BootePfister GmbH, Germany
  • 4. W.A.R. Bootbau & Boothandel AG, Switzerland
  • 5. Econ sk GmbH, Germany

Top 5 North American Independent Dealers:

  • 1. Sun Country Marine Group
  • 2. Lake Union Sea Ray (Union Marine)
  • 3. Irwin Marine
  • 4. Skippers Marine
  • 5. Mau Marine

Top 5 MarineMax Dealers:

  • 1. MarineMax Pompano (top-selling Sea Ray dealer in the world seven consecutive years)
  • 2. MarineMax Long Island and Lindenhurst Marina
  • 3. MarineMax Rogers
  • 4. MarineMax Lake Ozark
  • 5. MarineMax Clearwater

CSI Dealer Satisfaction Awardees:

  • Prince William Marina
  • MarineMax Wrightsville Beach
  • Erwin Marine Sales
  • Nunmaker Yachts, Inc.
  • MarineMax Fort Myers
  • Hyannis Marina
  • MarineMax Orlando
  • Pride Marine Group
  • Sea Ray of Cincinnati
  • MarineMax Grand Lake
  • MarineMax Clearwater
  • Deep Creek Marina
  • Colony Marine Sales & Service
  • Mau Marine

Diamond Recognition Honorees – for 60 or more years in business:

  • East Side Marine
  • Prince William Marina
  • SkipperBud’s
  • M&P Mercury
  • Marine Center of Las Vegas & Dry Dock Boat Sales
  • Colony Marine
  • Needham’s Marine Limited
  • Marina Fortin
  • B&E Marine
  • Spend-A-Day Marina
  • Trudeau’s Marina
  • Joe’s Marine
  • Sea Ray of Cincinnati
  • Peters Marine Service
  • Smith Boys
  • Russell Marine
  • Walstrom Marine
  • Irwin Marine (celebrating 100 years)
  • Hutchinson’s Boat Works (celebrating 111 years)

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