Mark M. Gaskill

Industry mourns longtime Michigan dealer

Michigan Boating Industries Association Hall of Fame inductee and owner of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales Greg Krueger died suddenly of a heart attack on April 25. He was 67.

Brunswick seeks sales growth from Australian acquisition

Brunswick Corp. is about a third of the way into its plan to expand its parts-and-accessories business by $350 million through acquisitions and the company says it will likely increase the amount of sales growth it will get from that arm of the business.

NMMA sued over Miami boat show move

The village of Key Biscayne in Florida filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Manufacturers Association over plans to hold the Miami International Boat Show at the Miami Marine Stadium in 2016.

MarineMax touts 2Q progress in selling older inventory

MarineMax executives were disappointed that they didn’t hit Wall Street’s targets, saying that selling off aging inventory and increasing marketing spending were among the reasons it missed analysts’ second-quarter earnings projections by $1.11 million — although the company still saw year-to-date sales up 34 percent from last year.

Fuel and fishing and plenty more

When Ann Baldree, vice president of Georgia-based Marine Products Corp., went to Capitol Hill for her first American Boating Congress four or five years ago, she invited one of her dealers in the D.C market to come along.

When a user logs in to the MRAA interactive virtual platform, up pops education director Liz Walz, who begins speaking as if she were in the room.

It’s dealer training without leaving home

When boat dealers contemplate training, the time and expense commitment can quickly snowball in their minds. They have to get their staffs to appropriate venues for training — service to technical sessions, sales staff to different events and possibly another training ground for the managers.

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