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Soundings Trade Only Names Award Winners


Soundings Trade Only editor-in-chief Gary Reich on Friday announced the winners of the magazine’s 2022 Top Ten Most Innovative Marine Companies Awards. The program was streamed on Facebook Live.

The awards recognize forward-thinking companies that are transforming the boating industry through new initiatives, processes, technologies, directions and more, from large global corporations to small startups.

Brunswick Corp. was named the overall winner for third time in four years.

“Brunswick wins this year because it continued to expand its offerings and initiatives across the recreational boating industry,” Reich said in a statement. “From the launch of the Sea Ray SLX 260 — the first Sea Ray designed by an all-woman team — to the continued growth of its Freedom Boat Club locations, and its sharp focus on workplace culture and overall company sustainability, the company is an industry titan that lives and breathes innovation.”

Each submission was evaluated by a judging panel that included Reich, as well as Bill Sisson, Active Interest Media Marine Group editor-at-large and executive editor of Anglers Journal; John Rothermel, former vice president of sales, Fisheries Supply, and former chairman of the National Marine Distributors Association board of directors; and Carl Blackwell, former chief marketing officer, National Marine Manufacturers Association. Soundings Trade Only publisher Michele Goldsmith served as an advisor.

Here is the complete list of award winners:

1. Brunswick Corp.

2. Correct Craft

3. Garmin

4. Seakeeper

5. Volvo Penta

6. Yamaha

7. ElectroSea

8. Suzuki

9. Dometic Marine, OneWater Marine (Tie)

10. Boatyard

Honorable mentions went to Roswell Marine, Si-Tex Marine Electronics and Torqeedo.

“It is important that we recognize and honor companies that are taking risks, driving progress, innovation, technology, sustainability and attracting talent to the marine industry,” Goldsmith said. “These are the companies that will push the marine industry forward; expand its reach, longevity and purpose; and inspire others. Congratulations to all this year’s winners.”

Details about each company and its accomplishments during the past year will appear in the December issue of Soundings Trade Only.



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