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Quick Hits: August 5, 2020

MasterCraft Boat Holdings announced in a statement that it named Scott Womack president of NauticStar Boats. “I am excited about the opportunity to join the MasterCraft organization and lead the NauticStar team,” Womack said. “As I look at the tremendous growth opportunities ahead of us, NauticStar will be dedicated to providing the ultimate on-water adventure through thoughtful engineering, quality construction and a versatile lineup that delivers the most value in the market.”

Wisconsin-based paint systems manufacturer Calibre named Fred Kolacki business development leader. A lifelong boater, Kolacki has 25 years of product design and supply chain management experience, and has served on the American Boat and Yacht Council. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to work for a company with a legacy of providing premium finishing and agile supply-chain solutions that increase profitability for customers,” Kolacki said in a statement.

Garmin announced in a statement that Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing named Garmin subsidiary Fusion Entertainment the exclusive supplier of audio packages for its line of pontoons, starting with model year 2021. “Avalon & Tahoe looks forward to the full integration of Fusion marine entertainment products in our selection of 2021 product offerings,” said Jim Wolf, Avalon & Tahoe president and CEO. “Our vertical integration strategy, coupled with our dedication to innovation and strong supplier partnerships, have all contributed to our unparalleled industry growth over past several years.”


Insider Access

My hope is to include at least one insider story in every issue of Soundings Trade Only to provide a look at corners of the trade that some folks might not know exist.


Finding the Next Buyers

Discover Boating commissioned a research study to fine-tune targeting efforts in marketing.


How to Create a Great Workplace

With insights gleaned from more than 16,000 individual industry employee satisfaction surveys, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has gained new understanding and answers of how to drive employee engagement.


Q&A with David Foulkes and Alexandra Cattelan

After divesting its well-known bowling, billiards and fitness brands, Brunswick Corp. emerged as a boating-focused conglomerate, with familiar brands including Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Bayliner, Protector, Lowe Boats, Mercury Marine, and Freedom Boat Club.


Two Secrets to Getting Results

Any leader can give reasons for failing to achieve acceptable results. The best leaders overcome inevitable challenges, and some of those leaders make it look easy. Some seem to drive results effortlessly, while others struggle.


Industry Pushes Back Against Speed Restrictions

A NOAA Fisheries proposal would restrict boats 35 feet and larger to a 10-knot speed limit along the East Coast to protect right whales from vessel strikes.


Magonis Opens Connecticut Office

The Spain-based, electric-boat builder offers an 18-footer that’s available with motors from Torqeedo and Mag Power.


Bill Seeks to Increase Youth Fishing

The bipartisan Coastal Fishing Program Act of 2022 would ease barriers to accessing the outdoors in underserved communities.