Marine industry sales and marketing veteran Duffy Stenger will retire this month from Regal Marine Industries, ending a 40-year career in the industry.
In the 1970s, Stenger joined Carl Lillis and Associates and helped to found and publish Mid America Boating magazine, covering the northern Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania markets.
Stenger sold advertising in the magazine to marine retailers, which eventually led to his recruitment and hiring by Brockway Marine as vice president and general manager.
“When I joined Brockway in 1973, we had a single location in Ashtabula, Ohio, with annual sales of $500,000,” Stenger said in a statement. “Thirteen years later, we grew the business to six locations in three states, with sales in excess of $20 million and were a top dealer for both Sea Ray and Carver Yachts.”
Stenger then accepted a position with Carver Yachts and served as its southern regional sales manager, followed by a promotion to national sales manager, a post he held for 10 years.
For the past 20-plus years, Stenger has served in a senior leadership capacity with Regal Marine Industries in Orlando, Fla., as vice president of sales and marketing.
“The very best part of the boating business has been the opportunity to work with and meet some very wonderful people,” Stenger said. “I am grateful to have had the chance to be a part of this exceptionally unique industry and to have made so many lifelong friends and colleagues.”
Stenger and his wife, Karen, will remain in Florida upon retirement. “We plan to travel, spend more time with the grandkids, fish and golf — maybe even take an occasional afternoon nap.”