Soundings Trade Only to announce top innovation award winner at IBEX

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Soundings Trade Only will announce the overall winner of the first annual Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies Award at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference next month. The announcement will take place at the Soundings Trade Only , No. 1218, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The announcement will be live-streamed on over Facebook Live and on Twitter at @TradeOnlyToday.

“The goal of these awards is to recognize achievements and innovative business practices that are initiating positive changes for the industry and the boater,” said Michael Verdon, editor-in-chief of Soundings Trade Only, in a statement. “We received more than 50 outstanding submissions for this first year. Frankly, we had a difficult time narrowing it to 10 finalists. When we announce the top award winner, we’ll also look forward to sharing why we think this company is pushing the industry forward.”

The final award winners were determined by the editors of Soundings Trade Only. Non-voting members of the judging panel included retired industry experts Kevin Osborn, formerly of West Marine and Port Supply, and Dustan E. McCoy, former chairman and CEO of Brunswick Corp., as well as panel advisor Michele Goldsmith, publisher of Soundings Trade Only.

An article profiling the all the Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies, including the overall winner, will appear in the November issue of Soundings Trade Only and on