Regal Marine VP reflects on 40-year career

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Marine industry sales and marketing veteran Duffy Stenger will retire this month from Regal Marine Industries, ending a 40-year career in the industry.

In the 1970s, Stenger joined Carl Lillis and Associates and helped to found and publish Mid America Boating magazine, covering the northern Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania markets.

Stenger sold advertising in the magazine to marine retailers, which eventually led to his recruitment and hiring by Brockway Marine as vice president and general manager.

“When I joined Brockway in 1973, we had a single location in Ashtabula, Ohio, with annual sales of $500,000,” Stenger said in a statement. “Thirteen years later, we grew the business to six locations in three states, with sales in excess of $20 million and were a top dealer for both Sea Ray and Carver Yachts.”

Stenger then accepted a position with Carver Yachts and served as its southern regional sales manager, followed by a promotion to national sales manager, a post he held for 10 years.

For the past 20-plus years, Stenger has served in a senior leadership capacity with Regal Marine Industries in Orlando, Fla., as vice president of sales and marketing.

“The very best part of the boating business has been the opportunity to work with and meet some very wonderful people,” Stenger said. “I am grateful to have had the chance to be a part of this exceptionally unique industry and to have made so many lifelong friends and colleagues.”

Stenger and his wife, Karen, will remain in Florida upon retirement. “We plan to travel, spend more time with the grandkids, fish and golf — maybe even take an occasional afternoon nap.”

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6 comments on “Regal Marine VP reflects on 40-year career

  1. Chic

    Congratulations “Lucky”. You have been very instrumental in helping other people succeed in this business, including myself, thank you! I am honored to be associated with you for many years and wish you nothing but continued success in your next endeavor! After an occasional nap, don’t forget to ride the H-D!

    Warm Regards,
    CHICO

  2. John T. Peterson, President Marlow-Hunter, LLC; co-worker of Duffy's @ Carver years ago.

    Duffy was and is a true professional sales and marketing executive with enteral optimism. Although we have drifted apart on a daily professional basis we still would reconnect at certain industry functions. In a position that is one of the toughest to hold (that being the top sales and marketing executive of any boat company)…often in between ownership , dealers, and customers…sometimes all pulling and pushing in different directions he has handled himself with the highest degree of integrity in the 30+ years I have know him. The position he held at Regal may be replaced with two individuals and with all due respect to those two individuals the position may have been replaced but not the man. J

  3. wanda@kentonsmithmarketing.com

    Love you, Duffy! It was wonderful to work with you for several years during my tenure at Regal … you were a wonderful colleague and a great friend. It was always fun to collaborate with you … we had a great team who worked hard together, but who really cared about and respected one another. I wish you a very happy future … expect to see you on the water or riding your Harley in the wind … and hopefully joining us on a future expedition! My best to you, Karen and your family. CHEERS! I toast you – you’ve earned it!

  4. Mike Usina

    Congratulations Duffy on a well deserved retirement. You are class personified and your long tenure reflects well on our industry and in particular the companies you have worked for. I have always admired your balanced, steadfast commitment to business and family and it’s gratifying to me that you have been rewarded for it. Best wishes to you and Karen for a long and enjoyable retirement. How about a round of golf sometime in St. Augustine?

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