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Houston show president honored with area industry award

Ken Lovell was named the 2016 recipient of the Bill Ferguson Memorial Award.

Ken Lovell, executive director of the Boating Trade Association of Metropolitan Houston and president of the Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show (Houston Boat Show), was named the 2016 recipient of the Bill Ferguson Memorial Award.

Established in 1985, the distinguished award recognizes Houston-area professionals who have made outstanding and impactful contributions to the recreational boating industry.

It is named after the late Bill Ferguson, a previous executive director of the association. Ferguson grew up in recreational boating and dedicated a lifetime and countless hours to the industry at a time when emerging developments and trends were key to its flourishing growth and success.

The award was presented by Bob Johnson, vice president of the Boating Trade Association of Metropolitan Houston, at its recent annual banquet at the La Torretta Lake Resort in Montgomery, Texas.

“I am delighted and honored to receive this award from my colleagues and partners with the association,” Lovell said in a statement. “I value its importance, and it is truly humbling to be recognized for my years of involvement in both the Houston and national recreational marine industry.”

Lovell has served for 29 years as executive director of the association, which produces the Houston Boat, Sport & Travel Show and promotes the recreational boating industry along the Texas Gulf Coast.

He was the 2005 recipient of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ top honor, the Irv Rosenthal Award. He became president of the Houston Boat Show in 1988 and still serves in that role.

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