Robert Deputy, former president and chief executive of Godfrey Marine, received the National Marine Manufacturers Association's highest honor when he was inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame.
Deputy’s achievements were recognized this morning during the 21st annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference at the annual Industry Breakfast at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville
“Bob Deputy is incredibly deserving of NMMA’s most prestigious honor for the thriving business he built, his unwavering dedication and leadership throughout the years and personifying what it means to treat everyone as family — his company, his community and the industry,” said Jason Pajonk-Taylor, president of Taylor-Made Products and chairman of the NMMA.
At Godfrey Marine, Deputy’s leadership, commitment to relationships with employees, dealers and suppliers and dedication to product development were instrumental to the company’s success. When the company was sold to Nautic Global Group in 2005 it had grown from a small manufacturing plant into the largest family-owned independent builder of recreational boating and fishing boats in the country.
The hall of fame was established in 1988 and it recognizes people who have generated or continue to generate substantial and lasting contributions to the marine industry.