Trade Only Today goes live at IBEX


Soundings Trade Only went live with several executives at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference on Tuesday. Here’s some of the interviews.

  • NMMA president Thom Dammrich discusses his retirement, the NMMA’s history and other topics with Bill Sisson, editorial director of Active Interest Media’s Marine Group.
  • Freedom Boat Club CEO John Giglio talks about his company’s rapid growth and future plans with Soundings Trade Only editor-in-chief Michael Verdon. Freedom Boat Club earned Soundings Trade Only’s first annual Top 10 Innovative Companies award.
  • Brunswick CEO Mark Schwabero discusses the next 12 months in the boating industry with Verdon.

Brunswick chief technology officer David Foulkes talks with Soundings Trade Only senior editor Eric Colby about innovations and the efforts the company is making to transform the industry.

  • Lippert Components CEO Jason Lippert discusses how a value shift in the corporate culture has boosted its retention rate by two thirds. He speaks with Verdon.


Patrick Acquires SeaDek Parent

The Indiana-based company continues its strategy of growth through acquisitions.

BoatUS, USPS Resume Safety Checks

The groups are offering the service during safety events, or boaters can conduct the inspection using an online guide.

Stepping Up the Pace of Relief

A positive jobs report, 3 million vaccinations per day and consumer confidence point toward economic recovery.

Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.