MBIA honors Underwood

LIVONIA, Mich. – Michigan lobbyist Ray Underwood has been presented the 2005 “MBIA Mayor’s Cup Award” by the Michigan Boating Industries Association, MBIA said in a recent release.

Underwood is being recognized for his longevity in the industry and his dedication to the MBIA and to boating in Michigan. His career in boating began more than 35 years ago as the executive director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association. He later became the boating industries’ lobbyist. He also began the MBIA’s Boating & Fishing Awareness program, helped form the Michigan Boating Caucus and has been a strong force behind the campaign to protect dedicated boating trust funds.

“I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who once said, every man owes something to the industry from which he makes his living – how true that is,” Underwood said. “There are so many people who deserve their names to be immortalized in recreational boating that the cup would have to be as large as the infamous Stanley. To them, I owe my sincere appreciation for growing me and the industry to where we are today and where we will be in the future.”

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