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Quick Hits: October 6, 2020

The Sea Tow Foundation announced that applications for the National Boating Industry Safety Awards are due Oct. 15. The goal is to “shine the spotlight and recognize more segments within the industry who actively champion boating safety,” executive director Gail Kulp said in a statement. Winners will be announced during the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ virtual Dealer Week, Dec. 8-11.

Brunswick Corp. named Brent Dahl vice president of investor relations. He replaces Al Marchetti, who moved into the newly created position of senior director of special finance projects and finance modernization. “Brent has done a fantastic job leading our internal audit team and has excelled in various financial leadership roles within Brunswick over the past 18 years,” CEO Ryan Gwillim said in a statement. “Al understands our financial processes in detail, and I’m thrilled that that he has accepted this role that will modernize our capabilities.”

Consolidated Electronic Distributors (CED Marine) named Paul Michele senior vice president of sales and marketing. Michele is a 26-year veteran of the marine and fishing industry, having spent more than a decade at Garmin/Navionics. “I'm beyond excited to be joining CED Marine and have the opportunity to further develop their current path of rapid sales and dealer growth,” Michele said in a statement. CED Marine was founded in 1971 and sold last year, with new ownership launching an updated website and dealer portal.



Open for Business

Despite drought conditions in the western United States, boating remains popular on Lake Mead and elsewhere.


Crude Weakens and Gas Prices Ease

West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell below $100 per barrel yesterday, while gasoline and diesel prices have slipped from their June highs.


RFA Hires Executive Director

Robert Nixon brings fishing-policy expertise and lobbying experience to the group’s efforts to preserve anglers’ rights.


2022 Women in the Industry Summit, Leadership Panel, Awards Ceremony & Reception



Seabins Coming to Lake Erie

The devices, deployed as part of a pilot program, skim and collect debris from the water, including microplastics. Meanwhile, MBIA announces scholarship funds.


Boatsetter Reports Uptick in Rentals

The on-water experience company has seen triple-digit growth in pontoon and party-boat rentals, as well as fishing and yacht charters.


Smartgyro Signs Distributors, Hires Sales Manager

The company said the three U.S. distributors, working with Bob Walker, will help expand its dealer network and brand recognition.


The Upside of a Downturn

Economic challenges should push you to develop a strategy that helps you weather the storm and come out stronger on the other side.