MBIA Hands Out Annual Awards

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Pete Beauregard Jr. of Colony Marine Sales and Service in St. Clair Shores and Pontiac, Mich., has been inducted into the Michigan Boating Industries Association Hall of Fame for the year 2020.

Beauregard will be honored during the virtual Recreational Boating Educational Conference on Dec. 2.

“The MBIA Board of Directors voted unanimously that Pete be inducted for contributions far beyond support of the MBIA’s mission, as he is highly respected and an inspiring leader who has proven through his generosity of time and shared insight to be truly committed to the success of Michigan’s boating industry,” said MBIA chairman Tom DenHerder of Yacht Basin Marina in a statement.

With the induction, Beauregard joins his father Peter Beauregard, who was inducted in 1995, said MBIA executive director Nicki Polan.

“Pete’s passion for our industry resonates throughout his family and friends, the community and state,” said Polan.

The group also awarded Chris Lisowicz, owner of North Shore Marina and Barrett Boat Works in Spring Lake, with the Ray L. Underwood Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020.

“Because of his longevity, dedication, and personal integrity, Chris has earned wide recognition within our industry and the respect of his professional peers,” said DenHerder in a separate statement.

Finally, the group honored eight workforce development partners with Lighthouse Awards.

The 2020 recipients are:

• Valerie Corbett, project manager of workforce education at Macomb Community College

• Patrick Rouse, director of workforce and continuing education at Macomb Community College

• Margaret Podlich, executive director at American Boat & Yacht Council Foundation

• Nikki Storey, president at Great Lakes Boat Building School

• Joseph Petrosky, associate provost of Academics and Workforce,

• David Bradley, Coordinator of Employer Engagement at Oakland Community College

• Janelle Arbuckle-Michael, senior economic developer at the Department of Planning and Economic Development in Macomb County

• Wendy Mackie, president and CEO at Rhode Island Marine Trade Association

“The individuals we honor with this year’s Lighthouse Awards have been dedicated partners for more than three years — helping our efforts to bring marine tech education to our state,” said Polan in a third statement. “With their help, we now have two new programs, with more on the horizon, creating a crucially needed talent pipeline for our MBIA members and the boating industry.”

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