Sea Ray executives presented the C.N. Ray Award to MarineMax CEO Bill McGill — only the third time in 15 years the award has been bestowed —and recognized other top performers in the dealer group at a gala that took place during the annual meeting in Knoxville, Tenn.
Previous recipients of the award include Pete Beauregard Sr. (Colony Marine Sales & Service), Rod Hall (Hall Marine Group) and Bill Trudeau Sr. (Trudeau's Marina).
“Bill’s accomplishments as a marine retailer and champion of boating are unparalleled,” Sea Ray Group president Tim Schiek said in a statement. “His passion for boating and to share the benefits of boating with as many people as possible has helped propel the marine industry for more than 40 years and culminated in the most successful marine dealership in North America.”
Awards were distributed in four major categories: dealerships with 100 percent customer satisfaction; top retail sales for a location outside the United States and Canada; top retail sales for an independent retailer in the United States or Canada; and top retail sales within the MarineMax network.
In addition to the four established categories, an award for the top first-year dealership was given to American Boat Center in Knoxville, Tenn., in recognition of exceptional performance.
Other awards were:
100 percent customer satisfaction
Deep Creek Marina
MarineMax Brant Beach, N.J.
Prince William Marina
Top five retailers outside the United States and Canada
5) War Bootbau (Switzerland)
4) Eins A Resort (Japan)
3) Boote Pfister (Germany)
2) Performance Boats (Mexico)
1) CBC City Boats GmbH (Germany)
Top five independent retailers in the United States and Canada:
5) Lake Union Sea Ray
4) Hall Marine Group
3) Skipper Marine Corp.
2) Prince William Marina
1) Sun Country Marine
Top five retailers worldwide:
5) MarineMax Clearwater
4) MarineMax Lake Ozark
3) MarineMax Fort Myers
2) MarineMax Long Island/Lindenhurst
1) MarineMax Pompano Beach
An awards gala marked the end of the 2015 model year meeting. The meeting featured Sea Ray’s ongoing Next Wave campaign, which highlights “innovative thinking and inspired execution”on a steady stream of new products. Six brand new models were at the meeting and are among nine new models that are being introduced during the fourth quarter.
“This is a very exciting time, both for Sea Ray and our dealers,”Schiek said. “We’ve seen an incredible market reception for recent introductions like the 350 SLX, our flagship dayboat, and the L650 and L650 Fly, the pinnacle of the Sea Ray offering and the debut models in our new L-Class collection.
“The 2015 model year promises to be even more successful with the introduction of our SPX lineup of highly customizable and highly affordable dayboats, and new products and innovations across all of our product categories. We’re very proud of –- and grateful for –- all of our Sea Ray dealers around the globe and we jointly anticipate our mutual success in the 2015 model year.”