More awards handed out at Marine Dealer Conference & Expo

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The manufacturer of the year award, Darlene Briggs woman of the year award and the Jerry Martin journalism award were presented Wednesday at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.

Brunswick Corp. was named the Marine Retailers Association of America’s manufacturer of the year for its dedication to its dealer network.

“We’re only as good as the dealer network,” Brunswick CEO Dusty McCoy said in accepting the award.

There’s been a lot of pain in the industry this year, he noted, but reiterated his company’s commitment to its dealer network.

The Darlene Briggs award, presented annually to a woman in the marine industry, was given to Nancy Smith, co-owner and vice president of the Colorado Boating Center.

Smith, a member of the MRAA board of directors, is a certified dealer and a strong advocate of Grow Boating, dealer certification and new boater education.

“I am deeply honored,” she said in accepting the award. “I’m very passionate about boating. If we all work together we can grow this industry.’

The Jerry Martin journalism award was presented to Beth Rosenberg, associate editor of Soundings Trade Only, for support of the marine industry and recognition of marine retailers.

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