The National Marine Representatives Association presented the Mel Barr Award to Hubbell Marine director of sales and marketing Joe DiMaria.
The award recognizes a person who has contributed to the improvement of the industry. It is named in memory of marine rep Mel Barr, one of the NMRA’s founders and its first president.
Boating Industry magazine editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet and NMRA president Kathy Munzinger made the presentation.
"In 1984, Hubbell had only a few boatbuilder accounts. Now, with Joe's leadership, it has a large percentage of the OEM market. He's utilized all of Hubbell's industrial experience and created quality products for boatbuilders and boat owners," Sweet said during the presentation.
Through the years, DiMaria has attended numerous boat shows and industry events, and he serves as Hubbell's face to the marine market. DiMaria is active in the American Boat and Yacht Council, a member of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and an NMRA supporter.