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IBBI names Garmin 2018 Supplier of the Year

IBBI president Tom Broy (left) presents the award to Michael Range, Garmin’s engineering business development manager for marine.

IBBI president Tom Broy (left) presents the award to Michael Range, Garmin’s engineering business development manager for marine.

Independent Boat Builders, Inc., a marine-industry purchasing cooperative made up of 19 boat manufacturers, named Garmin International its Supplier of the Year for 2018. Garmin has a been a supplier of choice for the group since 2014 and last year was named its exclusive marine supplier. The award was presented at the IBBI annual meeting March 4-6.

“It’s truly an honor to work with the IBBI and to be named its Supplier of the Year among so many notable suppliers to the group,” Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales, said in a statement. “This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Garmin team, and we look forward to continuing to provide this group of boat builders, whose partnerships we highly value and respect, with best in-class products and service for many years to come.”

Added IBBI president Tom Broy, “The members of IBBI are well-known boat brands and leaders in their market segments. Adding Garmin to our supplier list has further enhanced our members’ options to consumers. Over the last five years, we have been impressed not only with the product innovations from Garmin, but also by their top-notch customer service. We look forward to a long strategic relationship where our members can continue to bring these innovations to the consumers.”



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