Q&A with Rec Boat Holdings president Roch Lambert

Rec Boat Holdings president Roch Lambert, who heads the Four Winns, Glastron, Scarab and Wellcraft boat brands, has grabbed headlines with the announcement that Glastron and Scarab will enter the jetboat segment. Lambert spent 15 years with Quebec-based Bombardier Recreational Products, most recently as vice president and general manager of the Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Evinrude…more


Thriving on passion and pressure

IBEX keynoter Rick Pitino gives industry players his formula for success — in business as in basketball Industry players got a pep talk from a master motivator when two-time national collegiate champion basketball coach Rick Pitino delivered the keynote address at the IBEX Industry Breakfast on Sept. 17. Pitino, who coached his University of Louisville…more


Newport turnout best since 2007

National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich opened the Newport International Boat Show with a “State of the Industry” talk filled with statistics reflecting optimistic signs for the industry. Results from the Sept. 12-15 show seem to have backed him up. “This industry has turned around, and sales are improving,” Dammrich said. “All indicators are…more


Fall-like weather aids Norwalk show

Some exhibitors at the annual boat show in Norwalk, Conn., preferred to talk about how the 38-year-old show draws noticeably fewer people these days, but others focused on how the buyers are gradually but clearly returning. Organizers say that about 20,000 attended the show, held Sept. 12-15 at the Norwalk Cove Marina. The turnout was…more


Surfeit of shows: Is three a crowd?

Fall New York City production would run within days of Norwalk and simultaneously with Newport While exhibitors at two autumn New England boat shows were doing their best to entice customers, show managers and exhibitors couldn’t help but wonder how the debut of a planned fall show in New York will affect them next year.…more


Warren Luhrs’ death shocks friends

The longtime boatbuilder and skilled sailor was a ‘health nut’ and a ‘very young 69,’ says a colleague Warren Luhrs wasn’t one to surround himself with “yes men.” Instead, the man who co-founded Hunter and Silverton with his brother John chose to be around straight-shooters with integrity. That’s the view of past Luhrs president Roger…more


Q&A with BoatUS technical services director Beth Leonard

When the business world gets tough, the tough quit their jobs and sail around the world. Or maybe that’s just Beth Leonard, BoatUS’s new technical services director and editor of its Seaworthy magazine, who says the perfect job is the one she now has. Leonard’s path to BoatUS was anything but dull. She grew up…more

Jet venture not a waste, Sea Ray says

After pulling the plug over propulsion issues, company says its research will pay off in its other models Sea Ray says the work it put into its now abandoned foray into the jetboat segment will pay off in greater knowledge of what consumers want in its other small-boat sterndrive and outboard products. “There were enormous…more


Q&A with Ferretti Group America president and CEO James Henderson

James Henderson joined the Ferretti Group as chief marketing officer for the Americas in 2010 as the company was going through a restructuring. After two years he was named CEO/president of Ferretti Group America. The British-born Henderson has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents. His background is in general management, strategy, corporate…more


Q&A with IBEX director Anne Dunbar

Anne Dunbar was named director of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference shortly before last year’s show. The industry veteran had been the marketing director of the show, co-produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, before she was tapped to head up the whole endeavor. She says her role hasn’t changed…more

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