At the 2018 Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement last night in Amsterdam, Groupe Beneteau’s Annette Roux received the Lifetime Achievement Award. During the ceremony held in the courtyard dome of the National Maritime Museum, a total of 15 boat manufacturers were recognized and another 12 received honorable mentions in the program that was held in association with Raymarine.
International Boating Industry publishing director Nick Hopkinson and category sponsor Ronny Skauen of Side-Power presented Roux with her award.
Some of the individual winners included Princess Yachts in the Retail Marketing Initiative, Brig in International Distributor or Dealer Development and Dan Bloice-Smith, Williams Jet Tenders in the Rising Star category.
IBI editor and chair of the Boat Builder Awards judges Ed Slack said in a statement, “The Boat Builder Awards provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the successes and achievements of this critical part of the marine industry and its supply chain. The judging process this year was particularly challenging due to the number of impressive initiatives that we were asked to assess, many of them demonstrating that there are positive changes happening now to address the changing nature of tomorrow’s market. If what we have seen this year is indicative, then the industry has good reason to feel positive about its ability to innovate and grow in new and exciting ways, even as the world changes around us.”