Employees at Correct Craft and Nautique Boat Co. celebrated the 100th birthday of Ralph Meloon, son of Correct Craft founder Walter Meloon, on Friday.
“Mr. Ralph,” as employees endearingly refer to him, is a 2013 NMMA Hall of Fame inductee and a 2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame Special Lifetime Tribute recipient.
Meloon held many positions at Correct Craft over the years, including president, executive vice president and treasurer. He was chairman of the board from 1975 until he retired in 2002. Under his leadership the company evolved into an innovative leader in the water-ski and wake-sports industry.
He continues to be an important figure in the industry. He serves as Correct Craft’s chairman emeritus.
Meloon has traveled the globe, helping to build Correct Craft and Nautique into premier brands for water-ski and wakeboard enthusiasts worldwide.
He has visited 85 nations and was instrumental in selling boats to water-ski federations in numerous countries. He also attended international water-ski tournaments.
“Ralph Meloon is an inspiration to so many people around the world, including those of us at Correct Craft companies,” Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin said in a statement. “Our team could not be more excited to honor him on his 100th birthday. Ralph is clearly one of the most respected and loved men I have had the pleasure to know. Almost everywhere around the world I have traveled on behalf of Correct Craft, undoubtedly someone asks about Mr. Ralph.”