NMMA president Thom Dammrich to retire

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Dammrich is credited with uniting a once divided marine industry.

Dammrich is credited with uniting a once divided marine industry.

National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich will receive the 2018 Hall of Fame Award and be inducted during an industry breakfast at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference on Tuesday.

Dammrich will announce at the breakfast that he is retiring from the position he has held for nearly 20 years, effective in July 2019.

His successor will start July 1, 2019, and assume the role of president Oct. 1. A search committee comprising NMMA board members will hire a firm this fall and begin the process of identifying Dammrich’s successor early nest year.

“There isn’t anyone in the past 20 years who has done more to unite the marine industry than Thom Dammrich,” said Joan Maxwell, Regulator Marine president and a member of the NMMA executive committee and board of directors, in a statement.

“He conducts himself with an exceptional level of integrity, and his tireless, passionate advocacy and promotion of the NMMA and the entire marine industry has helped us to grow and prosper, and positioned the industry for success well into the future,” said Maxwell, who will announce his induction into the Hall of Fame.

“I am deeply grateful for Thom’s leadership and the generous effort he has given to the marine industry during his years as president of NMMA,” said Grady-White Boats president Kris Carroll. “His exceptional character, strength and grace have been a consistent influence as he’s led the industry through some of the most challenging times in our history. He has established a powerfully united voice for our industry that will continue to be the foundation of our success in the years to come.”

From the beginning of his tenure, Dammrich recognized that collaborating across recreational boating as well as the broader outdoor community would be critical to the industry’s success.

He created a united voice in both the legislative and economic arena, and has championed the American Boating Congress to help ensure the industry delivers a unified message to elected officials.

He serves on numerous boards and has encouraged NMMA staff leadership to serve on more than 20 boards.

Dammrich also helped unite the industry around expansion of the industry-wide Discover Boating marketing campaign, and he spearheaded an initiative to address the need to reach more diverse audiences.

Dammrich rallied support around development and implementation of NMMA Boat and Yacht Certification and Marine Industry Certified Dealer programs.

“Thom’s leadership at NMMA has helped the industry navigate economic, market and social challenges,” said Brunswick Corp. chairman and CEO Mark Schwabero. “He has been the voice both across our industry and outside of it, bringing together a fragmented industry at a critical time. We should not forget his role in facilitating improved product safety and customer satisfaction through industry and dealer certification efforts.”

The IBEX Industry , which is sold out, takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

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