AMI invests in industry’s future

WASHINGTON – The Association of Marina Industries recently handed 2007 Bob Giesler scholarships to Jordan K. Moon, Cummings, Ga.; and Korrey C. Shoup of Caseville, Mich., it reported in a statement.

The Bob Giesler Scholarship was created in memory of the association’s first president, Bob Giesler, and recognizes those individuals who are aimed toward a career in recreational boating. AMI has awarded thousands of dollars towards students’ education costs over its history, hoping to build leaders in the marina industry.

“With the generous support from our members, AMI is proud to award two deserving students financial assistance in pursuing their education.” said Alex Laidlaw, AMI chairman and a Giesler Scholarship committee member. “Jordan and Korrey both exemplify the values of academic excellence, commitment to their community and marina work experience that are important to the organization and to the industry as a whole.”

Both winners will receive a $1,500 scholarship to help finance their academic pursuits.

Moon is currently a student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. During the summer, he works for Ocean Isle Marina Yacht Club in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., as a dockhand. As a young boy, Moon spent many summers at a marina in southwest Florida and said his time at there was one of the best experiences of his life. He plans to finish his education at Colorado State, attend law school at Denver University and one day dreams of owning his own marina.

Shoup attends Northwood University in Midland, Mich., where he is enrolled in the marketing management program. During the summer, Shoup works at Port Elizabeth Marina & Yacht Club in Caseville, Mich., where he has participated in several boat shows and Michigan Boating Industry Association conferences. After graduating from Northwood University, Korrey plans to open his own marina and sales facility with boats, jet skis and related recreational equipment.

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