Tag Archives: At the Helm

At the Helm: The dare to be different

By Adam Quandt It’s time for some truth. The recreational boating industry is one that is often slightly slow to change. Sometimes it’s because the technological advances found in other industries aren’t quite able to operate in a marine environment just yet, other times we simply look at things and say, “that’s how we’ve always done things.” The latter is ...

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At the Helm: Protecting our playground

By Adam Quandt It’s no secret that nature is our playground. Not just to the marine industry alone, but to our larger outdoor recreation ecosystem. Thus, it should be a no-brainer for all of us across the industry to play a role in protecting and preserving that playground for generations to come. According to data collected by the United Nations, ...

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At the Helm: Driving diversity in the marine workplace

By Adam Quandt Prior to World War I, three-fourths of all women employed in manufacturing were making apparel or its materials, food or tobacco products, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. During the war, the number of women in the workforce began to increase, as did their opportunities across occupations. In 1920, 20% of the U.S. labor force was ...

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At the Helm: Change is constant and that’s ok

By Adam Quandt If you’ve thumbed through the pages of recent issues of Boating Industry lately, you may have noticed we talk about change a lot. It’s been hard not to, especially over the last two years. We’ve seen changes in technology, changes in leadership, you name it. Change is constant. And while some of these changes have been forced ...

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At the helm: The challenge of change

By David Gee “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin Just as you might like to take a physical inventory of your business at the end of the year,I like to take a mental inventory. Reflect on the past. Contemplate the future. Dream ...

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At the helm: Pulling together

By David Gee “Good and kind people outnumber all others by thousands to one.” Stephen Jay Gould, an American paleontologist and evolutionary biologist wrote that in a New York Times essay after 9/11. I was reminded of his words, and so many other things associated with that day and event, when we spent Labor Day weekend in New York City. ...

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At the helm: Killing it with kindness

By David Gee Excellent customer service is your best marketing tactic. A best-selling author and keynote speaker made that statement, and I am in total agreement. More on that in a minute. It was my birthday recently, and my wife and I decided to celebrate with a road trip, using points to stay at a couple of different Marriott properties. ...

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At the Helm: A unique Independence Day

By David Gee As I write this, I am staring at a bunch of boats bobbing in the sunshine at King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach, California. Big deal, you might say. Well, it is kind of a big deal. For me anyway! Because I don’t live in L.A., or California, or on the west coast, and I traveled on ...

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