MDCE 2017: Texas dealer receives Spader scholarship

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Martin Boyer, president of Austin Boats & Motors in Austin, Texas, was selected as the recipient of the fifth annual Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship.

The MRAA Educational Foundation said the selection of Boyer was revealed Sunday evening during the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Opening Night Awards Celebration at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

Devoting his career to his family’s business, Boyer began by washing boats and worked his way up during the past 20-plus years, the MRAA said in a statement. He credits his knowledge of the industry not only to his father, but also to those who managed him in each role as he ascended the rungs of his career ladder.

Armed with a persistent desire to learn and hands-on experience from multiple roles within the company, Boyer has been able to successfully lead and grow Austin Boats & Motors into a dealership ranked in the Top 20 of Boating Industry magazine’s Top 100 Dealer Program, the MRAA said.

“Unfortunately, we ran out of time before my father passed in January 2014 to impart all of his extensive knowledge and critical wisdom of the marine industry and our family’s business on to me,” Boyer wrote in his application. “This is why I wholeheartedly think the Spader Leadership Development Program is the perfect opportunity for me to be able to gain that next level of critical operational knowledge and management expertise.”

The scholarship was founded by Spader Business Management and the MRAA Educational Foundation in 2013 to honor the marine industry service of Spader founder Duane Spader, as well as his leadership philosophy of lifelong learning.

Boyer will receive full tuition, valued at $14,875, to attend the Spader Leadership Development Program. Applicants for the scholarship must be employees of an MRAA retail member.