Skip to main content

EZ Loader’s Gary Potter awarded BTMA Lifetime Achievement Award


The Boat Trailer Manufacturers Association awarded EZ Loader's Gary Potter with the BTMA Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this week. According to a story in the NMMA e-newsletter, Currents, the award recognizes the accomplishments of an individual who has great influence on the marine industry, specifically in improving boat trailering safety and the boat trailering industry as a whole. Potter, vice president of EZ Loader Custom Trailers in Arkansas, plans to retire later this year.

“Gary is extremely deserving of this recognition. As the only person to chair both the BTMA and the NATM, he brought these two organizations closer and into full cooperation on trailer certification in a manner that saved members money," said Thom Dammrich, NMMA president. "Gary has served on NMMA Boards and has been an active and enthusiastic supporter of the industry. He is one of the industry’s great advocates.”

“There are very few people who have done so much to improve an entire industry as Gary,” added Robert Newsome, senior vice president of strategy, engineering standards and membership for NMMA. “In the past 15 years that I have had the pleasure to work with him, I have experienced first-hand his leadership and vision in so many areas.”

Potter’s long list of contributions includes: Chairman of the BTMA; Chairman of the NMMA Trailer Certification Committee; NMMA Board of Directors and the NMMA Accessory Manufacturers Division Board of Directors; Strengthening the NMMA Certification program by spearheading initiatives from ensuring trailers are shipped into states meeting legal braking requirements to mitigating wheel separation; Bringing NMMA and BTMA much closer to the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, and brought us into the age of joint-inspections between the organizations; Leading the association as BTMA made NMMA certification a requirement for all boat trailer manufacturing members; Ensuring boat trailers contributed in a meaningful way to industry growth by bringing BTMA into Grow Boating; Merging the NMMA Trailer Certification Committee into the BTMA Board; and Helping to develop safety information to help create an even safer boat trailering experience



Sea Tow Holds Annual Meeting

The company presented awards in a variety of categories, including the Captain Joe Frohnhoefer Visionary Award, named for Sea Tow’s founder.


Four Winns Launches Electric Boat

The builder partnered with Vision Marine Technologies on the H2e, a production bowrider powered by an electric outboard.


Fish are Front and Center

A bill in Congress is considered critical to fish and wildlife conservation, while a red tide episode that’s causing fish kills in southwest Florida is drifting north.


MarineMax Acquires Construction Firm

Tarpon Springs, Fla.-based Midcoast Construction Group specializes in heavy civil marine construction, including marina development.


Mustang Survival President Steps Down

Jason Leggatt will join the board of directors and provide strategic guidance for the company.


Marine Concepts Names Chief Executive

Industry veteran Terry McNew had a long tenure at MasterCraft, where he led the company through its initial public offering.


CED Marine Adds Sales Manager

Mark Sullivan previously spent more than 15 years at Navico and will cover the Southeast.


Writing Contest Open for Entries

Boating Writers International’s annual competition recognizes achievements in marine journalism, photography and videography.


MRAA’s Dealer Week Opens Tomorrow

The annual conference includes more than 20 educational sessions to help dealers adapt to the changing marketplace.