Nominations for NMEA awards due by tomorrow

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The nomination period for the 2018 NMEA Product of Excellence Awards closes tomorrow. The National Marine Electronics Association will present the awards at its Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, to held Sept. 25-28 at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The association said in a statement that all manufacturer members can nominate their products within the award guidelines approved by the NMEA board of directors.

Online voting for the awards by NMEA members will begin Aug. 7. All votes must be entered by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 26. Voting will also be allowed during the first two days of the NMEA conference. The awards presentation will be made Sept. 27 at the conference.

“For the first time this year, the NMEA will also recognize a broader group of manufacturers through a designation of finalists,” said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA president and executive director, in the statement. “Last year there were several product categories where the winner and runner up were separated by five or less votes. There will still be only one winner per category, but close-voted categories will be recognized for those manufacturers.”

All nominated products must have been available for sale in North America no later than June 30, 2018. Complete guidelines, requirements and a nomination form are available here.