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Marine awards roundup

The AMI, Florida Brokers Association, Marine Fabricators Association and the International Game Fish Association recently handed out honors.

The Association of Marina Industries recently presented its Bob Giesler Award to Richard Dunn, former president of the Marina Recreation Association and owner of RiverPoint Landing Marina and Resort in Stockton, Calif.

AMI's highest award, named for Bob Giesler, the first president of the Marina Operators Association of America, which later merged with the International Marina Institute to become the AMI, is granted in appreciation for an individual's significant contributions to AMI's success.

"AMI doesn't present this award annually," said Jim Frye, president and chair of AMI, in a statement. "The board of directors gives serious thought into whether someone should receive AMI's highest recognition. Richard's commitment to the marina industry is evident through his involvement over the years with MOAA, IMI, AMI, and MRA. He was an integral part of the highly successful MOAA/IMI merger."

Dunn is the former vice president of IMI and has been an active member of MRA since 1990, serving on the MRA's board of directors and as president of the California-based association. He remains on the legislative committee for both MRA and AMI.

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The Florida Yacht Brokers Association recently presented its broker of the year and charter broker of the year awards.

The broker of the year award was presented to Andrew Cilla of Luke Brown Yachts. The charter broker of the year award was presented to Ann Landry of Northrop and Johnson.

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Bristol Upholstery, of Plymouth, Conn., recently received an award of excellence in the soft enclosures category at the Marine Fabricators Association's national convention, which was held last month in Orlando, Fla.

MFA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International.

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The International Game Fish Association recently presented Hell's Bay Boatworks with its conservation award.

"Today, Hell's Bay Boatworks is led by a team of dedicated fishermen, outdoorsmen and adventurers. Hell's Bay is passionate about giving back to the sport of fishing by supporting non-profit organizations that value the longevity of the sport," the IGFA said in presenting the award.

In addition to donating to the IGFA, the company supports the Bonefish &Tarpon Trust and Coastal Conservation Association, IGFA's conservation director Jason Schratwieser said in a statement.

"It's really great to see a company that's clearly a leader in the skiff building business also give back to help ensure the future of our fisheries," he said.

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