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Michigan trade group honors local leaders

The Michigan Boating Industries Association honored two people with Lighthouse Awards during the recent Recreational Boating Educational Conference in Lansing.

Tim Lucas, national program manager at Harbor Risk, was recognized for helping MBIA members throughout the year at a personal and professional level.

He also was recognized for the Harbor Risk Insurance Program and its effectiveness in helping to grow MBIA membership through the association’s safety rebate program. The MBIA has gained more than 50 new members through the program.

Vicki Springstead, chairwoman of Higgins Lake Foundation, was recognized for a generous donation to fund a boat wash station at the Higgins Lake public access site.

The boat wash, positioned just before the boat launch area, is the first of its kind in a Michigan state park. The MBIA said it reflects the priority the foundation puts on preventing the spread of invasive species and the importance of the structure as one of the most heavily used boat launch locations in the state.

“We are very proud to honor our two Lighthouse Award recipients and very grateful for the work they do to improve the boating industry in Michigan,” MBIA awards chairman Chris Lisowicz, of North Shore Marina, said in a statement.

The trade group created the Lighthouse Award in 2004.

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