Tag Archives: Women Making Waves

Women Making Waves: Amanda Rodriguez Levandowski

Amanda Rodriguez Levandowski Chief Operating Officer, Sales, Charlotte Ski Boats Education: Business Administration from McColl Business School at Queens University Years in the marine industry: 6 What are some of the biggest lessons you have learned working in the marine industry? I have learned to embrace the journey. Every day is a new opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. ...

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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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Women Making Waves: Serenity Gardner

Serenity Gardner Chief Operating Officer, SeaDek Marine Products Education: Master’s in International Politics & Economics Years in the marine industry: 9 Was it difficult to navigate a career in this industry? Why or why not? Thankfully, no. Within four months of starting with SeaDek in July of 2008, the recession hit and it wasn’t long before we were wondering how we ...

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Women Making Waves: Marcia Kull

Marcia Kull Vice President – Marine Sales, Volvo Penta of the Americas, LLC Education: B.A. in Education – University of Iowa; JD – University of Iowa College of Law. Years in the marine industry: Over 25 Companies you have worked for in the marine industry and titles you held within those companies: Genmar Holdings – Assistant General Counsel, Vice President ...

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Women Making Waves: Joan Maxwell

Joan Maxwell President, Regulator Marine, Inc. Education: B.A. in History, University of North Carolina Years in the marine industry: Almost 30 years What are some of the biggest lessons you have learned working in the marine industry? This industry is full of great people – some in large organizations and some in small. I’ve learned that most of these people are ...

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Women Making Waves: Dana Russikoff

Dana Russikoff Business Leader & Co-Founder, SureShade Education:  Double Master’s Degree in Marketing and Operations, Drexel University Years in the marine industry: 9 Was it difficult to navigate a career in this industry? Why or why not? My career began 20+ years ago in the male-dominated manufacturing industry, so I’m used to that dynamic and therefore has no bearing on getting ...

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Women Making Waves: Paulee Coughlin Day

Paulee Coughlin Day Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Assistant Secretary, MarineMax, Inc. Education: B.A. – Vanderbilt University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; M.B.A. – Vanderbilt University, magna cum laude, Beta Gamma Sigma; J.D. – Indiana University School of Law, magna cum laude Years in the marine industry: 14 What are some of the biggest lessons you have ...

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Women Making Waves: Lori Melbostad

Lori Melbostad President, Premier Marine, Inc. Education: B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems Management Years in the marine industry: 34 What are some of the biggest lessons you have learned working in the marine industry? The marine industry is a large extended family. As a tight-knit industry most of us have learned to compete with ethics ...

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Women Making Waves: Liz Walz

Liz Walz  Vice President, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, English Major with a concentration in Creative Writing, Hobart & William Smith Colleges; Spader Business Management’s Total Management 1 Course; currently enrolled in 18-month Leadership Development Program Years in the industry: 17 Companies you have worked for in the marine industry and titles you held within ...

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Women Making Waves: Kris Carroll

Kris Carroll President, Grady-White Boats Years in the marine industry: 40 What are some of the biggest lessons you have learned working in the marine industry? First, you can’t be successful all by yourself, it takes a team of hardworking people who are dedicated to creating the best products, services, etc. “Together” is the most important part of Grady-White’s vision: ...

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