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Industry Vets Added as Most Innovative Marine Company Award Judges

Dr. Thom Dammrich and Frank Marciano to round out panel.
Dr. Thom Dammrich.

Dr. Thom Dammrich.

Dr. Thom Dammrich, former president of the NMMA, and Frank Marciano, former president of Dometic Corporation, have joined the judging panel of Sounding Trade Only’s Most Innovative Marine Company Awards 2020.

“Both Mr. Marciano and Mr. Dammrich were integral and progressive leaders who brought ground-breaking ideas and practices to their respective fields, said Soundings Trade Only editor-in-chief Jeff Moser. “We are thrilled that these seasoned marine industry veterans have joined our judging panel.”

Frank Marciano.

Frank Marciano.

The Awards will acknowledge companies innovating in different ways to advance their businesses and the marine industry and are open to all types and sizes of marine companies around the globe.

The panel will review a broad range of company initiatives, which this year feature key categories: Altruism/Social Awareness, Development & Technology, Work Culture, Manufacturing Process/Supply Chains, Start-ups, and other.

Members of the judging panel also include Bill Sisson, editorial director of the AIM Media Marine Group, Jeff Moser and Soundings Trade Only publisher Michele Goldsmith.

The awards focus on the period from Aug. 15, 2019, through Aug. 14, 2020. Applications can be submitted here through Aug. 15.

The winners of the Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies awards will be profiled in the November issue of Soundings Trade Only and at Winners also receive additional benefits.

Ten winners, including an overall top winner, will be recognized at the Soundings Trade Only Leadership Summit to be held during IBEX Online: A Virtual Experience.

For more information, contact Goldsmith at or (847) 373-0385.


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