Volvo Penta official says it’s ‘right time’ to retire

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After 38 years and more than 250 trips across the Atlantic Ocean, Clint Moore is ready to retire from the helm of Volvo Penta of the Americas.

“I feel really blessed to be in a position where I’m reasonably young, I’m healthy and I’m in a position that I can really enjoy retirement,” Moore told Soundings Trade Only today from Beaufort, N.C., where he was fishing in a tournament with his 20-year-old son.

“Guys like me who are used to being in charge, we like being boss, and when I get home that’s not my role, so I’ve got some apprehension about it, but I think it’s the right time and it’s the right thing for the company,” Moore said.

Right now Moore, 64, says he plans to “retire-retire,” but hasn’t thought much about having so much time on his hands.

“I think that I love what I do, I work with a wonderful group of people, and after all these years I have got dear friends in the industry, so I think mostly what I’m focused on is that I’m going to be missing the people,” Moore said.

Moore says that when he retires he would like to volunteer. One of his favorite events has been the Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish Tournament, which Volvo Penta sponsors.

He’ll return to Beaufort for the charity event, in which junior anglers do all the fishing.

“These are all kids that we’re giving a chance to experience offshore saltwater fishing,” Moore said. “It’s so much fun when you catch your first billfish, when you come back to the dock you get thrown into the water. Watching kids line up, with big smiles on their faces, and getting heaved off into water, it’s really something special. And we’ve raised a lot of money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Carolina.”

After 16 years serving as president and CEO for the engine manufacturer, he looks forward to having the time to volunteer his time with youth.

“I think I’m the longest-serving president currently in the business,” Moore said. “It’s interesting, it’s unusual to be president of a boat company, president of a large retail operation and president of an engine company,” Moore said.

Look for a full story in the August issue of Soundings Trade Only.

Reagan Haynes

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