Jim Krueger retires after 46 years in the boating industry

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Regal Boats VP Tim Kuck (left) and CEO Duane Kuck (right) present Jim Krueger (center) with a special commemorative crystal award upon his retirement for outstanding leadership.

Regal Boats VP Tim Kuck (left) and CEO Duane Kuck (right) present Jim Krueger (center) with a special commemorative crystal award upon his retirement for outstanding leadership.

Jim Krueger was recently honored by Regal Boats with a special award presentation and luncheon that recognized 46 years of service to the boating industry. Regal CEO Duane Kuck and Vice President Tim Kuck presented Krueger with a leadership award, citing his excellent performance in both sales and service, along with his reputation for integrity.

Krueger, who spent the past seven years as the Midwest/Central US regional sales manager for Regal Boats, officially retired August 17, 2018.

“Jim is truly going to be missed by the entire Regal organization,” said Kuck in a statement. “He was not only a top performer within our organization, but an individual who always worked hard and simply got the job done. He’s an awesome individual who was equally respected by his internal peers at Regal, as well as by all of the many dealers he faithfully served.”

Krueger’s career began in 1972 at Cruisers Inc. He also held senior sales and leadership roles at Sea Ray, Bertram Yacht, Trojan Yacht, Tollycraft Yacht and Shamrock Boats. From 1996 through 2011, he worked with the Luhrs Marine Group overseeing sales and marketing for both the Luhrs and Mainship brands. In 2004, he became general manager at Mainship with general management responsibilities.

“Each manufacturer I represented produced boats for very different buyer segments of the industry, from outboard and I/O runabouts, to big game fishing tournament and cruising yachts, from recreational trawlers to top-of-the-line sport boats and sport yachts,” said Krueger in the statement. “I consider myself extremely fortunate to have enjoyed and experienced these opportunities, and especially to have met and worked with truly the nicest and most talented marine industry colleagues and retail customers you could ever have hoped to meet.”

Krueger served previously as chair and vice chair of the former NMMA Conference Committee. A passionate boater and motorcyclist, he also co-founded Boaterz ‘n Bikerz of America “Hull of a Tour,” a national marine industry touring group that has produced four special event rides throughout the country.

Krueger plans to launch a new freelance career photographing boats, motorsports, landscapes and lifestyle portraiture. For more information, visit JimKrueger@JimKruegerPhotography.com 


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