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Quick Hits: April 14, 2020

Metstrade announced it named Niels Klarenbeek to succeed Irene Dros as show director. Dros stepped down in February. “I am delighted to have been granted this opportunity to become director of Metstrade,” Klarenbeek said in a statement. Its globally recognized reputation, comprehensive everything-under-one-roof concept and unique atmosphere are facets which I have respected over many years.”

The National Marine Manufacturers Association will hold a Q&A webinar for members on Friday at noon to answer questions about accessing covid-19 economic aid. NMMA government affairs senior vice president Nicole Vasilaros will present along with partners and advisors at Forbes-Tate Partners.

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Soundings Trade Only Names Editor-in-Chief

Gary Reich takes the helm from Jeff Moser, who becomes editor-in-chief of sister magazine PassageMaker.

St. Petersburg Show Opens Thursday

The 44th edition combines with the Tampa Boat Show to create what organizers say is the largest show on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Pay To Play

When Covid restrictions were widespread, some MTAs found a new revenue stream by charging admission to previously free shows, and visitors had no problem ponying up.

Yamaha Expands F25 Line

The company added short-shaft power trim and tilt models, and two models with improved tiller handles.

MRAA Donates to Educational Foundation

The group reinvested $100,000 in donations it received to help the foundation’s effort to address workforce shortages.

TPG Adds to Marine Portfolio

The hospitality and marina management firm acquired Conanicut Marina and Taylor Point Boat Yard in Jamestown, R.I.

Trade Only Today Returns Jan. 18

The daily e-newsletter will not publish Monday, Jan. 17, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.