The Foundation for Recreational Boating Safety, Education and Environmental Awareness has announced that Bill Yeargin, president and CEO of Correct Craft, is the recipient of the 2019 Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award. He will be honored at the American Boating Congress in Washington, D.C., during the conference’s Farewell Lunch and Awards Ceremony on May 15.
“Bill’s unwavering commitment to the recreational marine industry’s collective advocacy efforts at every level and step of the process made him the clear choice for this year’s Hammond Marine Industry Award,” Thom Dammrich, National Marine Manufacturers Association president, said in a statement. “When we call on Bill to be the industry’s standard-bearer for an event, interview or issue — which we have done on countless occasions over the years — he never balks and decision makers in Washington, D.C. and across the country take notice. On behalf of the Foundation for Recreational Boating Safety, Education and Environmental Awareness, I thank Bill for his relentless dedication and commitment to advancing the industry and it will be my great pleasure to present him with the award at ABC.”
In the statement, Yeargin said that he is honored and humbled by the award. “Advocacy plays a pivotal role in creating a business environment that allows marine manufacturing companies and workers — including Correct Craft’s team of more than 1,600 people — to produce top quality products for our customers and I am eager to continue engaging with industry stakeholders on these efforts.”
He continued, “Finally, I cannot accept this award without recognizing the incredible support I, our company, and our entire industry receives from the NMMA team. Thom Dammrich, Nicole Vasilaros, and the entire NMMA team excel at representing our industry in both Washington, D.C., and in states across the nation.”
Yeargin joined Correct Craft in 2006 as its president and CEO and continues to lead the company through its three pillars: People, Performance and Philanthropy. In addition to running Correct Craft, he sits on several marine industry boards and committees including the NMMA Board and the association’s Boat Manufacturers Division Board.