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MBIA hands out honors at awards luncheon

The Michigan Boating Industries Association gave the 2016 Mayor’s Cup Award to Bill Boik.
Bill Boik (center) received the 2016 Mayor’s Cup Award from the Michigan Boating Industries Association. He is shown with MBIA chairman Tom Haag and MBIA executive director Nicki Polan.

Bill Boik (center) received the 2016 Mayor’s Cup Award from the Michigan Boating Industries Association. He is shown with MBIA chairman Tom Haag and MBIA executive director Nicki Polan.

The Michigan Boating Industries Association gave the 2016 Mayor’s Cup Award to Bill Boik for outstanding contributions to the recreational boating industry in the state.

The award was presented last week at the MBIA’s annual awards luncheon during its Recreational Boating Educational Conference.

RJ Peterson, a pillar in the boating industry and Saugatuck and Douglas communities and the owner of Tower Marine for 48 years, was inducted into the MBIA Hall of Fame.

The MBIA’s board has recognized Boik for his leadership in the state Department of Natural Resources’ boating program in the Waterways Planning Unit since 1997. Boik retired from the department last January

Bill has always been a loyal friend and valuable resource to MBIA over the past 20-plus years,” MBIA executive director Nicki Polan said in a statement.

“MBIA has worked with Bill to achieve many significant improvements to Michigan’s expansive boating facilities and boating access points. His retirement is a significant loss to boating in Michigan, as he takes a tremendous amount of knowledge and history with him which cannot be documented on paper.”

The Mayor’s Cup Award started in 1984 and 32 people have been recognized since its inception.

The MBIA said Peterson, the new Hall of Fame member, built Tower Marine with his father in 1968 after coming from building all-steel river houseboats in Gary, Ind. Earlier in his life he worked in electrical engineering in the Navy and later went to Purdue University to study engineering.

He received a governor’s appointment as a special adviser to the Michigan Waterways Commission and has been an MBIA member for 20 years. Tower Marine is a Certified Clean Marina.

RJ Peterson, the owner of Tower Marine for 48 years, was inducted into the MBIA Hall of Fame.

RJ Peterson, the owner of Tower Marine for 48 years, was inducted into the MBIA Hall of Fame.

“RJ is known in our industry for his passion for boating and for challenging the norm to make improvements,” Polan said.

“He cares about our industry and his community and strives to make them both better through partnerships. He is known for his energy and drive that keep him more active than many half his age.”

“Mr. Peterson’s lifetime commitment to the Saugatuck-Douglas community and the boating industry has been tireless with a single vision of enhancing the boating experience, benefiting the local economy and ensuring the future of the harbor,” said Terrie Hazekamp of Tower Marine.

Hazekamp, who still works full time at the marina at the age of 90, nominated Peterson.

The MBIA gave seven people honorary lifetime memberships — Ray Underwood, Van Snider, David Lyle, Ted Everingham, Phillis Howard, Bob Liggett and Pat Harrington. The membership certificates were awarded at the conference.

“Each new honorary member was chosen in recognition of their longevity and impactful contributions to the MBIA and the boating industry in Michigan,” Polan said. “We’re proud to have each of these individuals continue to be a part of our organization.”

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