Quick Hits: February 24, 2021

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Boating Writers International said in a statement that it elected Steve Davis of Southern Boating and Adam Quandt of Boating Industry as board directors. Soundings Trade Only contributor Alan Jones was appointed director to fill a one-year vacancy. Panbo.com editor Ben Stein returns to the board for a three-year term. BWI also elected new officers: president, Brady Kay, Pontoon & Deck Boat; first vice president, Ron Ballanti, Strike Zone Communications; and second vice president, Kim Koditek, NMMA.

The Coast Guard Foundation elected nine new trustees. Led by newly elected chair Thomas A. Allegretti, new members include Abbott Brown, Kathryn Clay, Paul N. Jonoff, Beth Mason, Jim Masters, Julie Nelson, Howard B. Thorsen, Brooks Tomblin Sr. and Roger Wacker. Each will serve a three-year term. Click here for more information and photos of the trustees.

With Boatmate Trailers president Ron Miller moving to the role of CEO, the Maryville Tenn.-based manufacturer said in a statement that it named Owen Shelton as president and Daniel Luby as vice president. Shelton has been with Boatmate for more than two decades, formerly serving as vice president. Luby joined the company in 2012 and has held several positions in customer service and production and operations.


The 2021 Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies Awards

The marine industry consistently honors products and people. The industry, however, has not recognized forward-thinking companies that are moving the industry in new directions. Soundings Trade Only’s mission is to reflect, inform and inspire.

German Superyacht Yard Files for Bankruptcy

Nobiskrug cited a lack of orders, the Covid-19 pandemic and other factors in its decision to start the proceedings.

West Marine Acquired

The private-equity firm L Catterton will take a controlling interest in the retailer’s ownership.

Kicker Supports Two Events on Lake Havasu

The marine audio company will take part in the performance-boat events Super Cat Fest West and the Desert Storm Poker Run this weekend and next.

Bay Bridge Show Starts Tomorrow

The combined sail- and powerboat show runs through Sunday in Stevensville, Md.

Brunswick Corp. Arranges Covid-19 Vaccinations

The marine-industry conglomerate aims to protect employees and their communities against Covid-19.

Kadey-Krogen Announces New Ownership Structure

This summer, the builder and its new investor plan to reveal a five-year innovation and strategic plan.

What is America’s Finest Harbor?

Online voting is open in the US Harbors competition for the best U.S. harbor.

Bruce Van Wagoner to Retire

The 45-year industry veteran was marine group president for Wells Fargo Distribution Finance.