The Hinckley Company won the first My-Villages Innovation Award, which was presented Monday at the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association’s annual meeting.
The award, to be presented annually, will honor companies that demonstrate leadership in reinventing the way the marine industry cares for customers by helping boat owners better operate and maintain their vessels using new technologies.
“The My-Villages Innovation Award is meant to honor organizations that have demonstrated a passion for continuous improvement, and I can’t think of a better example than Hinckley,” My-Villages founder and CEO Kevin Hutchinson said in a statement. “It's a bold move to change processes or adapt new technology, but the Hinckley team has done this again and again. They know the commitment level needed to make it work.”
Hinckley was the first to sign on as an Innovation Partner with My-Villages.
Hinckley CEO Jim McManus accepted the award on behalf of the company at a ceremony on Monday.
“We are so proud to receive this,” McManus said. “For decades, we have tried to marry fine craftsmanship with the latest in technological innovation, and we believe that is another very significant step in making the boating experience easier, more convenient and safer for our owners. My-Villages shares our vision, and to be recognized like this is truly an honor.”
“For almost 50 years, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association has been representing companies on the cutting edge of the industry,” RIMTA president Dick Cromwell said. “It is great to have one of our own recognized. We are proud to have Hinckley and My-Villages as members of our association and our community.”