Michigan trade group hands out honors

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The Michigan Boating Industries Association honored Macomb County, county executive Mark Hackel and land and water use planner Gerry Santoro, with its Lighthouse Award at a luncheon held during last week’s MBIA Recreational Boating Educational Conference.

Macomb County was selected to receive the award for its “Main Stream Main Street” river initiative designed to incorporate more than 35 miles of Clinton River and Lake St. Clair shoreline from Auburn Hills to Harrison Township. Additionally, the MBIA board recognized the county for its continued efforts to support Michigan’s boating industry and the MBIA-produced Boating & Outdoor Festival.

“Macomb County and its executives have been extremely supportive of both the boating industry in Michigan as well as the MBIA members doing business in this boating county,” MBIA president John Ropp said in a statement.

The association also announced that Greg Krueger, president of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales in St. Clair Shores, Mich., was inducted into the Michigan Boating Industries Association Hall of Fame.

“Greg has made great contributions to the MBIA and our industry during his time on the board and while operating Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales,” Ropp said. “We owe a great deal of gratitude to Greg for his leadership skills, his understanding of the industry and his willingness to share his expertise with all of us.”

Krueger was recognized for his leadership and accomplishments while serving on the association’s board of directors for the past 28 years, for his role in establishing the Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation and for his longevity as an industry leader.

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