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Quick Hits: July 21, 2020

Bassmaster Elite pros will automatically qualify for 2021; IBEX Innovation Awards go digital.

B.A.S.S. officials say that all 88 Bassmaster Elite Series pros will automatically re-qualify for the 2021 season, provided they complete the event campaign, given the hectic season due to coronavirus. Under the original rules, the bottom 10 anglers in the field — based on their average performance the last two years — would have lost their spots on the trail. “With everything unfolding the way it has and some things still up in the air from day to day, we just felt like our anglers deserved the right to fish the rest of the season without those added pressures,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin in a statement.

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference is taking its Innovation Award program to a virtual format as the 2020 event moves online. All product entries will be featured on the IBEX website, and 2020 winners will be recognized during the virtual show. IBEX organizers said in a statement that they will release more details on this as the event draws nearer. Companies can enter the contest here; deadline for entry is Aug. 14.


Retired CG Officer Joins Commonwealth PR

Chad Saylor, who served as a public affairs officer, is an account executive with the Virginia-based public relations and marketing firm.

Costa Names Marketing VP

John Acosta will lead the performance eyewear company’s global marketing efforts.

Limestone Outlines 2022 Strategies

The builder shares progress on production, fulfilling its order backlog, its partnership with electric outboard manufacturer Vision Marine and more.

IBEX Call for Proposals Ends This Week

The deadline to submit Education Conference topics is Jan. 14. IBEX is scheduled for Sept. 27-29 in Tampa, Fla.

A Chicken-and-Egg Conundrum

Should pricing signage on boats show the dollars off or the percentage off? It really does make a difference.

Marine Connection Expands

The Florida-based dealership acquired a majority interest in Boaters Exchange’s two locations, bolstering its presence in the central part of the state.

Scanstrut Hires Design Director

Industry veteran Nigel Smith fills a newly created role with the equipment manufacturer.

Sea Tow, Parker Partner for Promotion

Buyers of 2022 Parker Offshore models receive complimentary Sea Tow Gold Card memberships for one year.