A letter from Trade Only publisher Michele Goldsmith


As the world is grappling with a matter of enormous scale and impact on humanity, our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the coronavirus.

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At Soundings Trade Only, are prioritizing the well-being of our staff and are all working from home. We believe it is our role and responsibility to keep you informed of the ever-changing news and to work with our industry partners to provide valuable information to make the best decisions as this situation unfolds. Through that lens, we will continue to communicate with you and ask that if you have news updates or other topics to discuss in these unprecedented times, please reach out to our editor in chief, Jeff Moser, at jmoser@aimmedia.com.

I wanted to personally reach out with wishes for the health and safety of you, your teams and families, and to thank you for your continued support through these difficult times.

Just prior to the pandemic, we were in the process of securing the services of one of the top leadership speakers who trains CEOs and senior management staff across the globe to join us the day before IBEX to provide a ½ day workshop. What keeps me going, is looking forward to the future, when this situation subsides, and we can bring these types of key events to you.

Thank you again for your loyalty to our brand and magazine. Please keep reading! It is our privilege to serve this community of passionate, innovative and caring marine industry people. We look forward to better news to come, time out on the water, and to seeing you soon.

Best regards,

Michele, Jeff & the entire Soundings Trade Only family

Michele J. Goldsmith

Publisher, Soundings Trade Only


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Culture Summit 2.0

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Teak Isle Expands Operations

The Florida-based manufacturer purchased a 45,000-square-foot facility and two additional CNC routers.