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Miami Boat Show Innovation Awards entries due Jan. 11

It’s time to enter new products for the 2019 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards. The deadline for entry is Jan. 11, 2019. Full program details and requirements can be found here. Innovation Award winners will be announced during the Miami Boat Show’s Innovation Breakfast on Friday, Feb, 15, 2019. The Innovation Awards’ program is managed by the ...

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NMMA meets with officials on Everglades restoration funding

This week, NMMA met with officials from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Department of Interior, and Office of Management and Budget to discuss the importance of robust federal funding for Everglades restoration projects in fiscal year 2020. The health of the Everglades remains a top issue for the industry, as the system is a key ecological and environmental source ...

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NMMA opens nominations for 2019 Alan J. Freedman Award

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2019 NMMA Alan J. Freedman Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made notable contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation. The Award will be presented at the Miami Innovation Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 15 during the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat ...

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NMMA webinar will recap 2018 midterm elections

Tomorrow is Election Day and there is a lot at stake for the recreational boating industry. To provide analysis of the results and what they mean for the industry’s 2019 legislative agenda, NMMA is hosting a webinar for all stakeholders Friday, Nov. 9. Click the following link to register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/550808441057214722 The webinar is part of NMMA’s biennial, non-partisan effort to give ...

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NMMA outlines new strategic plan for industry growth

The National Marine Manufacturers Association Board of Directors has approved a strategic plan that will guide NMMA’s efforts, activities and investment for the next three years and beyond. The plan is designed to further the association’s impact for its members and the recreational marine community, to ensure a strong, stable, and successful industry. Planning was led by a task force ...

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NMMA announces divisional board appointments

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has announced the appointments for its three NMMA Divisional Boards of Directors: Marine Accessories and Components, Boat Manufacturers, and Engine Manufacturers. Doug Smoker, president of Smoker Craft, was elected chair of the Boat Manufacturer Division (BMD); John Pfeifer, president of Mercury Marine, was elected chair of the Engine Manufacturer Division (EMD) and Steve Tilders, director ...

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FLIBS marine marketers will focus on customer experience

The Marine Marketers of America will host its biannual luncheon meeting and educational seminar focused on customer experience marketing at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Nov. 1. The program – “Why CX Should Be Your Marketing RX” – will feature a panel of marine industry marketing experts, including Lee Sanderlin, National Marine Manufacturers Association director of digital marketing and ...

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NMMA Joins OPEI for E15 consumer education

The National Marine Manufacturers Association partnership with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute has launched “Protect Your Power” – a consumer education campaign in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement and intention to expand the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) year-round. NMMA and OPEI have long advised and educated consumers about the challenges E15 pose to smaller engines, ...

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Yamaha’s Ben Speciale elected as NMMA Board of Directors chair

Ben Speciale, president of Yamaha’s U.S. Marine Business Unit, has been elected chairperson of the NMMA Board of Directors. Speciale succeeds Bill Watters, president of Syntec Industries, who served as chairman from October 2016 through October 2018. NMMA Board of Directors elections were held at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), Oct. 2-4 in Tampa. Ben Speciale became president ...

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At the helm: U.S. Interior reorganization is welcome news

In late August, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stole a historical page from John Wesley Powell’s book in issuing a reorganization plan that will divide the agency into 12 regions. Powell was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions.  Powell served as second director of ...

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