MarineMax CEO marks 40 years in the industry

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mcgill0403MarineMax president and CEO Bill McGill is celebrating 40 years in the marine industry.

MarineMax team members surprised McGill with a party as he passed his 40th year milestone on March 26. McGill’s son Brett, who is vice president of MarineMax’s West Operations, presented the avid water skier with a Goode slalom ski to mark the anniversary, MarineMax spokeswoman Abbey Heimensen told Trade Only Today in an email.

From a spy plane test engineer to a NASA astronaut at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., McGill’s career path took him back to the thing he’d loved most as a child — “barefooting” on the water any chance he gets, McGill told members of the press at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. McGill moved to Florida with his family and joined a group of entrepreneurial boat dealers to form MarineMax.

“A lot of people focus on what they sell, but very few talk about why they sell,” McGill said at the event. Selling the “why” is the key to marine industry success, he said at the event. McGill might have hit on something — MarineMax is now the world’s largest boat retailer with 55 locations.

— Reagan Haynes


4 comments on “MarineMax CEO marks 40 years in the industry

  1. Ed Foley

    Congratulations Mr. McGill. Hoping you have many more successful years at the helm. Best Wishes!

  2. Fred Dower

    Congratulations Bill. You took Gulfwind to a whole new level. You deserve everything. The way you conducted business and ethical standards, it would hard to duplicate it. Good luck.

  3. Dale Harris

    Congradulations Bill, Your success could not have been more deserved. Here’s to a good businessman and a true gentleman!


    Being present at the planting of the Seed in the late 1960’s that has grown into MarineMax, I stand in witness to the hard work, talent, tenacity that come from within William H. McGill.

    His strength has always present, even as a child, at play or working on the farm in Tennessee where it was apparent that he was full of energy and going to do something that would be on a grand scale.

    He has nurtured the lead planted with his love, enthusiasm, and good nature that flow and are felt by those around him.

    He sets a good example for all of us, how to steward, bring ideas we love to maturity in the most positive way, no easy trick within fluctuating economies, chaos of today.

    Congratulation Bill !!! Keep up the Good Works.

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