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.

GLM Products names national sales manager

Monrovia, Calif.-based GLM Products named Paul Smith as the company’s new national sales manager. Smith, who brings more than 35 years of marine industry experience, will be responsible for the entire North American market through his sales office in Fort Lauderdale. “I’m very excited to be working with GLM again. It’s great to be back,”…more

Dolphinite names Southeast sales rep

Gelcoat products manufacturer Dolphinite appointed The Gartner Group to represent the company’s product range in the Southeast. Based in Brentwood, Tenn., Gartner has been representing marine manufacturers since 1954. Dolphinite launched the GelMatch All-In-One Gelcoat Aerosol Can in September at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Louisville, Ky.

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

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