Miami Marine Stadium set to be restored

What was once an iconic venue for events ranging from Jimmy Buffett concerts to powerboat races, the venerable Miami Marine Stadium is closer today to restoration than ever before with the recent Miami commissioners’ vote to put up $45 million. So why is it notable for our industry? Aside from the fact that it sits […]

RBFF scores successful pilot program in Georgia

When it comes to the future of boating and fishing, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation president Frank Peterson was on point when he said “The boating and fishing industries must focus on the three Rs: recruitment, retention and reactivation.” According to data provided to the RBFF by the states, last year 6.5 million people dropped […]

Fort Myers Show is an all-around success

Take four days of Chamber of Commerce-type weather. Frame it with the city’s beautiful Harborside Center & Yacht Basin. Recognize it’s become one of the largest such events on Florida’s Gulf Coast and you have the Southwest Florida Marine Industry Association’s Fort Myers Boat Show. “In every way it turned out to be a great […]

Industry groups set the stage for 2017

The Advisor Council of Marine Associations set Dec. 6 for their annual meeting, while the Recreational Fishing Alliance has told its members what it sees in the recent election results. The ACMA is primarily made up of the presidents and executive directors of the industry’s state and regional marine trade associations. Its function is to […]

Don’t ignore the new overtime rules

We’re now a little more than two weeks away from the new federal regulations that will affect more than 4.2 million paychecks. And it’s likely that dealership owners have been procrastinating, focused instead on the Northern winter haulout, fall boat shows and the like consuming their days. Some might also be thinking Congress, during the […]

Many improvements come to the Miami boat show

With the successful Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show now in our wake and the opening today of the popular United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis, eyes are already focused on the iconic Progressive Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail, as well as the revamped Yachts Miami Beach. This week’s announcement that the traditional All-Industry Breakfast […]

Can you put your name on it?

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do – Carl Jung We all should look for a little inspiration every day. Among my favorite bloggers, who also does podcasts, is John O’Leary. He pens “Live Inspired.” He recently posed the question: “Can you put your name on it?” That, I thought, is […]

How to get customers to buy more

Your customers exhibit the loyalty for which every dealer hopes. However, when you seriously analyze your sales results, you don’t really love your numbers. They’re flat. What’s up? In most cases, it’s because you’ve failed to capture the economic potential of the goodwill in your customer base. So says Rob Markey, co-author of “The Ultimate Question […]

Is Small Business Saturday right for you?

Who wouldn’t like a piece of the $16.2 billion-plus expected to be spent on this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on Nov. 26? It’s no small promotion anymore. Some 95 million Americans shopped on Small Business Saturday last year, making it a very successful and lucrative retailing day strategically positioned between Black Friday and […]

Is your staff all leaders?

“You don’t need a title to be a leader.” I didn’t say it, Mark Sanborn did. It’s the title of one of his eight books. If his name rings a bell, it’s because several years ago in this blog I urged dealers to give a copy of Sanborn’s first book to every employee. Remember it […]

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