IBEX 2016: NMMA Hall of Fame inductees and Yeargin honored

Correct Craft President and CEO Bill Yeargin was named the 2016 Boating Industry Mover and Shaker of the Year.
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Bill Yeargin (right), was named the 2016 Boating Industry Mover and Shaker of the Year at IBEX on Tuesday. He is shown with Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet.

Bill Yeargin (right), was named the 2016 Boating Industry Mover and Shaker of the Year at IBEX on Tuesday. He is shown with Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet.

Correct Craft President and CEO Bill Yeargin was named the 2016 Boating Industry Mover and Shaker of the Year during the 26th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference industry breakfast on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla.

Yeargin was chosen from more than 50 nominees who have shown the vision and leadership to move the boating industry forward.

Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet presented Yeargin with the award at the breakfast on Tuesday, saying: “We’re proud to name Bill as the 2016 Mover & Shaker of the Year. From his reshaping and building of Correct Craft to his involvement in the industry, he stands out as one of the top leaders in boating.”

Sweet cited Yeargin’s work in Washington, D.C. advocating on key industry issues such as trade and workforce development while managing Correct Craft’s numerous acquisitions, as major factors in choosing Yeargin for the prestigious award.

“If I have learned anything over my career, it is that it takes a great team to accomplish much and I am very thankful for those in our Correct Craft family,” Yeargin said in a statement. “We have a great team that has accomplished so many amazing things, and I am thankful to be along for the ride.”

Premier Marine CEO Bob Menne Jr. was inducted Tuesday into the NMMA Hall of Fame.

Premier Marine CEO Bob Menne Jr. was inducted Tuesday into the NMMA Hall of Fame.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association also inducted Bob Menne Jr., CEO of Premier Marine, and Victor Porter, chairman of Formula Boats, into the NMMA Hall of Fame.

"We’re proud to celebrate Bob Menne and Vic Porter, two pioneers in the recreational boating industry, who have paved the way for its future with unwavering dedication, innovation and passion for boating, their communities and families,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement.

“Bob’s and Vic’s legacies will continue as they join the ranks of NMMA Hall of Fame inductees, including industry founders Christopher Smith, Charles Chapman, Alan Freedman and Ole Evinrude, and such contemporaries as Dusty McCoy, Bob Long, Robert Deputy and Pack St. Clair.”

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