DEALER WEEK: Sara Anghel named Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year

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Sara Anghel (center) accepted the award from previous recipients at Dealer Week.

Sara Anghel (center) accepted the award from previous recipients at Dealer Week.

Sara Anghel, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada, received the Darlene Briggs Marine Industry Woman of the Year Award yesterday at Dealer Week In Tampa, Fla.

Angela Pilkington, the 2018 award recipient, presented the award.

Anghel started her career in the marine industry in 2008 as president of NMMA Canada. She has been an advocate for the boating industry with the Canadian government, serving manufacturers and dealers in Canada, as well as manufacturers in the United States who require assistance in Canada.

“Sara’s dedication to the boating industry is remarkable,” Natalie Briggs Carlson, MRAA Educational Foundation executive director, said in a statement. “She demonstrates the immense impact one individual can have on an industry across an entire country.”

Reflecting on her success, Anghel recommended a threefold strategy. She urged women to seek out mentors to help them grow.

She also said women should learn about all aspects of the marine industry. “Women should aim to learn more about the technical aspects of our industry,” she said. “This will give them the opportunity to engage on multiple levels.”

The third part of her strategy is networking. “I am passionate about working with the millennial women in the industry to help them build confidence in their abilities, and support them in developing their ideas and voices,” Anghel said in her application. “Believing in yourself is the key to your success. Transcending preconceived stereotypes is important.”

The award is named after Darlene Briggs of Wayzata, Minn., who was known for her dedication to the industry. It is offered annually to a woman who is actively involved in the marine industry at any level. It recognizes long and devoted service, untiring commitment, and the advancement of women in the marine business.

The MRAA and Boating Industry magazine together present the award.

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