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NMMA Announces Hall of Fame Inductees


The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced that Joan Maxwell, co-founder and president of Regulator Marine, and Bill Watters, president of Syntec Industries, are the newest inductees into its Hall of Fame.

Maxwell and Watters will receive the Hall of Fame Award during the IBEX Industry Breakfast on Sept. 28 at the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street in Tampa, Fla.

“It’s my honor to bestow the 2021 NMMA Hall of Fame Award to my longtime friend and colleague Joan Maxwell,” said Yamaha Marine Business Unit president Ben Speciale. “Joan is the epitome of a leader, who serves her company and the recreational boating industry with the highest level of integrity. She not only laid the foundation for the success of Regulator Marine, she has fostered countless achievements for our industry and her community.”

Maxwell and her husband, Owen, founded Regulator Marine in 1988.


In 1986, Watters and his three brothers started Syntec Industries, providing carpet to the marine industry.

“For 35 years, Bill has worked tirelessly to build Syntec Industries into one of the most successful and innovative marine suppliers,” said American Boatbuilders Association president Jay Patton. “He has been a champion for the boating industry, dedicating his time and efforts to numerous boards and committees, advocating for the greater good and leaving a lasting legacy.”

The NMMA Hall of Fame was established in 1988 to recognize those “who have made, or continue to generate, substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry.”

Click here for a complete list of inductees.


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