Soundings Trade Only launches Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies Awards

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The awards will recognize forward-thinking companies transforming the marine industry.

Soundings Trade Only is proud to announce the second year of the Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies awards. Rather than focusing on individuals or products, the Most Innovative Marine Company Awards acknowledge companies using innovation in different ways to advance their businesses and the marine industry. The awards are open to all types and sizes of marine companies around the world.

“Innovation extends far beyond product development,” says Michele Goldsmith, publisher of Soundings Trade Only. “It includes the decisions, improvements and redirections that companies make to transform their businesses and push the industry forward. We look at the wide range of initiatives across the industry, from established companies to startups.”

“This isn’t about new products,” adds Michael Verdon, editor in chief of Soundings Trade Only, who oversees the judging panel. “It’s more about the processes and concepts a business uses to define—or redefine—themselves in a changing industry. We’re looking for fresh business models, modernized production lines, disruptive new ways of going to market, and a dozen other ways a company might define itself as innovative.”

The awards panel consists of Soundings Trade Only editors, staff members, and outside industry experts. They will review company initiatives that include innovative materials, new manufacturing processes, fresh marketing approaches, workforce solutions, supply chain, export programs and others.

“The goal is to recognize achievements and innovative business practices all over the world,” says Goldsmith. “We know there are many companies inspiring positive change. If you have done something unusual and outstanding in the last year, we want to recognize your efforts.”

The awards will focus the period from July 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019. Applications may be submitted online at from July 1 through August 31, 2019.

The ten winners will be recognized at the Soundings Trade Only 40 Anniversary Gala on September 30, 2019 at the Tampa Museum of Art. The first-place winner will be honored at the IBEX Industry Breakfast on October 1. The order of winners will be revealed in an article profiling the Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies as well as the top overall winner in the Soundings Trade Only November issue and on the website. Winners will receive additional benefits.

For more information, please contact Michele Goldsmith at or 01-847-373-0385.

To view the profiles of the Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies award winners 2018, please click here.

About Soundings Trade Only

Soundings Trade Only is a marine business-to-business information multi-media brand. It includes a monthly print publication read by more than 36,000 marine professionals, and digital entities including an e-newsletter, web and social media sites. Soundings Trade Only offers the latest business news, and information about products, trends, statistics, management and marketing insights, and more to the marine industry. It is part of the AIM Marine Group, which includes Soundings Trade Only, Yachts International, Power & Motoryacht, SAIL, Anglers Journal, Soundings, PassageMaker, Outboard and Woodshop News. The AIM Marine Group is a division of Active Interest Media.


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