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Boat clubs rank in Entrepreneur’s 38th annual Franchise 500

Two boat clubs –SailTime and Freedom Boat Club – were included in Entrepreneur’s 38th annual Franchise 500. SailTime ranked No. 369 on the list. The company says it has enjoyed growth of 161 percent since 2012, expanding to 28 franchise bases in the U.S. and six in Australia. “All of us at SailTime are incredibly excited to be named to ...

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Boat clubs included in Entrepreneur magazine’s “10 Hottest Franchise Categories”

SailTime and Freedom Boat Club were both included on Entrepreneur magazine’s 10 Hottest Franchise Business Categories of 2017 in the Entertainment/Recreation category. According to their website, Entrepreneur magazine’s picks for the most exciting franchise categories of the year “include several that are going strong and show no signs of slowing, and a few that are beginning to ramp up to their ...

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Lexington Pontoons adds Maryland dealer

Fairwinds Marina and Freedom Boat Club have added the Lexington Pontoons to the Chesapeake Bay-based dealership offering. JoAnna and Larry Goldberg, owners of the dealership and Freedom Boat Club franchise, said they are adding the new line to grow their customer base and appeal to the discerning pontoon recreational buyer. “We’re excited to add the Lexington brand to our store ...

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Freedom Boat Club announces 2016 National Franchise Award winners

Nine top franchise achievement awards were recently presented at the Freedom Boat Club National Franchise Conference, held Nov. 13 – 17 at the Hyatt Regency, Sarasota, Fla. Club owners and operators from throughout North America gathered with corporate staff and key vendors for a variety of professional development and training programs, new product launches and award recognitions. “We are very ...

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Women Making Waves: Lisa Almeida

Lisa Almeida Director of Sales and Marketing, Freedom Boat Club Education: B.A. from Flagler College Years in the marine industry: 7 If you had to choose one memorable achievement in the marine industry, what would it be and why? My most memorable achievement was opening a Freedom Boat Club franchise in California. It had long been a dream for the president ...

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Women Making Waves: Wanda Kenton Smith

Wanda Kenton Smith Chief Marketing Officer, Freedom Boat Club; President, Kenton Smith Marketing Education: B.A. in Journalism, Auburn University Years in the marine industry: 36 Was it difficult to navigate a career in this industry? Why or why not? Throughout my 36-year career in this industry, I have been extremely fortunate to be associated with many very smart business leaders who ...

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Freedom Boat Club adds Scout Boats to its national boat roster

Freedom Boat Club announced the addition of Scout Boats to its approved and preferred roster of boat brands. Scout joins a growing list of brands featured in Freedom Boat Club’s fleet of 1200+ boats. “We are very enthusiastic about bringing Scout aboard and know it will be well received by both our franchisees and our members,” said Freedom Boat Club ...

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Freedom Boat Club makes major donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Freedom Boat Club recently concluded its first-ever cause-marketing campaign to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Total donations raised by Freedom Boat Clubs nationwide totaled $61,594.00. Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio presented the check to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Pam Iorio at the organization’s national headquarters in Tampa on July 12. ...

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7 steps to creating successful events

For marine businesses looking to create successful events, there is one simple tactic: plan ahead. Any event that is intended to make an impact on customers should take weeks to organize, develop and execute. “To have any successful event, you have to plan far enough in advance,” said Dave Commander, president of Russell Marine, the Boating Industry Top 100 Best ...

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Freedom Boat Club adds new membership director

George Biastre, Jr. has joined Freedom Boat Club as membership director. Biastre will be based at Julington Creek Marina and will be working closely with existing members, as well as cultivating relationships with new members and prospective members. He will be in charge of developing and implementing membership plans, creating member events, and will serve as the liaison between members ...

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