NMDA and Distributors

The National Marine Distributors Association is the leading trade association for U.S. and Canadian marine products distributors. Members include major distributors, many leading product manufacturers and manufacturer representatives.

Dr. Shrink wins Distributor of the Year honor

Shrinkfast Marketing, a maker of heat-shrink tools, named Dr. Shrink its Distributor of the Year. The shrink-wrap supplier was honored for high-volume sales and its marketing and training approaches. “Dr. Shrink offers marketing programs for its customers and Shrink Wrap University, a hands-on training workshop that not only shows the proper way to wrap assets,…more

NMRA honors Ted Hood with Mel Barr Award

The National Marine Representatives Association presented the Mel Barr Award posthumously to Ted Hood, the internationally heralded yachtsman, sailmaker, yacht designer and builder. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the improvement of the industry and is named in the memory of marine rep Mel Barr, one of the founders of NMRA and…more

Waveblade adds distributor in Texas

Waveblade tapped Texas Boat Exchange as a distributor of its hull-cleaning devices in the Gulf Coast market. “Mariners and businesses on the Texas Gulf Coast have long needed a technological breakthrough product like Waveblade to remove bio-fouling,” Texas Boat Exchange partner Marc Edelman said in a statement. The handheld, submersible power tools use blades and…more

NMDA renews support for dealer conference

The National Marine Distributors Association signed on to provide educational funding support for the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo for the second year in a row. “It’s no coincidence that the MDCE educational content received the highest ratings in the history of the event in 2012, which was the first year NMDA pledged its support,”…more

Enovation Controls names senior sales director

Enovation Controls, formerly F.W. Murphy, promoted Jinger McPeak to senior director of sales. McPeak, who will be based in Tulsa, Okla., will lead the vehicle systems group, which includes the off-highway, recreational vehicle and marine markets. McPeak has been with the engine instrumentation products manufacturer for nine years and has held sales, marketing and engineering…more

Quick USA adds Southern sales rep

Quick USA LLC announced that Summit Marine Sales LLC will be responsible for sales in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama. Quick produces windlasses, bow thrusters, water heaters and LED lighting for the marine industry. Established in 1992, Quick is an international player that is seeking to expand its U.S.…more

Nautical Ventures Group signs distribution deal

Novurania of America, a yacht tender manufacturer, named the Nautical Ventures Marine Superstore its official distributor and service center for Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding South Florida area. “We’re very excited over this new business arrangement,” Nautical Ventures Group CEO Roger Moore said in a statement. “We do a tremendous amount of business with tenders…more

Blue Sea wins NMDA awards

Blue Sea Systems, the Washington-based manufacturer of marine electrical products, announced it won three awards at the recent National Marine Distributor Association conference, including Supplier of the Year. NMDA distributor members vote to determine the award winners. Blue Sea also won Best All-Around Packaging and Supply Chain Standards Efficiency. “We appreciate the vote of confidence…more

Ladd Distribution offers instructional videos

Ladd Distribution recently released new instructional videos for TE Connectivity’s Deutsch industrial environmentally sealed electrical connectors. The new videos provide in-depth assembly instructions for key Deutsch connector series, including the DRB, DRC, DT, HD10, HD30, HDP20, Quick Connect and Strike series. The videos include product overviews, wire-crimping instructions, demonstrations of contact insertion and removal and…more

Unified Marine names new president

Unified Marine, maker of the SeaSense brand, named Ingram Pope as president. Pope joins Unified Marine after spending 15 years with a New York City-based sporting goods company, where he held positions as national sales manager, vice president of sales and marketing and executive vice president. He also has an extensive background in retailing, having…more

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