The National Marine Representatives Association presented its 2015 Mel Barr Award to Turning Point Propellers vice president of sales and marketing Ron Bailey.
The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the improvement of the industry and is named in the memory of marine rep Mel Barr, one of the founders of the NMRA and its first president.
Jonathan Sweet, editor-in-chief of Boating Industry magazine, and incoming NMRA president Rob Gueterman made the presentation at the 2015 IBEX Industry Awards Breakfast in Louisville, Ky., last week.
Bailey began his career in the industry in 1980 at Hoffert Marine. In 2008 he joined Turning Point Propellers as its sales and marketing manager. Within a year, he was named vice president.
A longtime proponent of independent marine reps and the NMRA, Bailey is actively involved in the industry. On his second National Marine Manufacturers Association AMD board term, he serves on the IBEX show committee and is part of the NMMA's political action committee.
"A tireless advocate for the marine industry, Ron is well respected by all who are fortunate to interact with him," Sweet said during the presentation, according to a statement. "He has an infectious sense of humor and truly enjoys the industry and those who work in it."