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VIDEO: Bay State trade group hands out awards at conference

Larry Russo (left), of MarineMax Russo, presented the Frank Farrell Award to Richard “Dick” Egan of Crosby Yacht Yard during the Massachusetts Marine Trade Association’s annual conference.

Larry Russo (left), of MarineMax Russo, presented the Frank Farrell Award to Richard “Dick” Egan of Crosby Yacht Yard during the Massachusetts Marine Trade Association’s annual conference.

BROCKTON, Mass. — The Frank Farrell Award was presented to Richard “Dick” Egan, president of Crosby Yacht Yard Inc., on Thursday during the Massachusetts Marine Trade Association’s annual conference.

“It was my life, really, other than my business and my family,” Egan said Thursday of his work with the MMTA, which was the reason he received the award. “I feel very rewarded to have been nominated for this recognition. I really appreciate it very, very much. For all those out there who don’t know me, I wish you did because this industry is my life.”

Egan’s father entered the industry in 1945 as the founder of Bay State Boat Co. on the Charles River, said Larry Russo of MarineMax Russo, who presented the award, which is named for MMTA founder Frank Farrell.

“His son, our recipient today, was president of the MMTA for several years, ending in 1977, and thereafter has served on the board of directors for 35 consecutive years,” Russo said. “He has been at the table for every significant contract, agreement, milestone and event in the history of this organization.”

Egan and his family, in its fourth generation in the industry, now own and operate a legacy business on Cape Cod that was founded in 1850.

“He has lived it all. He has seen it all,” Russo said. “For most of that time I’ve been at his elbow listening, learning and helping when I could.”

Ed Lofgren was recognized by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas for his years as president of the MRAA Educational Foundation; an engraved compass was presented at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Florida in December, but Lofgren was unable to attend. He accepted the compass on Thursday.

“His particular focus: solving today’s technician shortage,” said MRAA educational vice president Liz Walz at the MDCE event, which was presented on video Thursday. “He wasn’t shy about giving us a shove there, too. He’s responsible for bringing the MRAA Workforce Assessment Study to life. He has had a huge impact on the MRAA and MRAA Educational Foundation.”

Karen Tibbets (left) accepted the Legislator of the Year Award on behalf of state Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Mass. The award was presented by lawyer Jamy Buchanan Madeja, who addressed the conference on the topic of sexual harassment.

Karen Tibbets (left) accepted the Legislator of the Year Award on behalf of state Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Mass. The award was presented by lawyer Jamy Buchanan Madeja, who addressed the conference on the topic of sexual harassment.

“When Lofgren announced he was retiring from his position as president of the foundation this year, we found ourselves grateful for his long service and mentorship,” Walz said.

John Irwin, of Irwin Marine, presented the compass, listing words that come to his mind that embody Lofgren: “humble, passionate, visionary, with a very, very loud roar,” Irwin said. “I would call on everybody to pick up the same call that Ed has come to” in his service of the industry.

Lofgren read the inscription on the compass: “In Recognition of Your Long and Devoted Service to and Outstanding Leadership of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the MRAA Educational Foundation.”

Karen Tibbets accepted the Legislator of the Year Award on behalf of state Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Mass., for his work with the marine industry on issues such as workforce development. 

“There really is no more deserving legislator than Senator Tarr,” Tibbets said.

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