Yamaha Marine Group on Monday hosted the first of five Georgia Chamber Fly-Around events with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., at Yamaha’s southeastern headquarters in Kennesaw, Ga.
This event began a tour of influential Georgia businesses ahead of the Nov. 8 general election, when Isakson will seek re-election.
Also presenting were Ben Speciale, president of the Yamaha Marine Group, Rob Engstrom, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
The event highlighted the economic impact of Yamaha in the United States and underlined the need for continued pro-business policies in Georgia. Isakson was championed throughout the event as a leader on Capitol Hill who fights tirelessly to bring jobs to Georgia and strengthen the nation’s economy.
“It was an honor to host Senator Isakson at our facility today, and we appreciate all that he does for the people of this state,” Yamaha Marine Group government relations manager Martin Peters said in a statement.
“We were also thankful that the senator presented us with an opportunity to share the story of Yamaha’s economic impact in the United States. Our water-based products alone represent over a billion dollars in direct economic impact, with billions more throughout our boatbuilder and dealer networks. In order for our industry to continue to grow, we need strong leaders, like Senator Isakson, in the U.S. Senate.”
Before the event, Isakson held a private roundtable discussion with Yamaha leadership to discuss the impact of government policies on Yamaha’s business in the recreational industry.
Yamaha Watercraft Group president Dean Burnett and Mike Martinez, vice president at ATV/SxS and Outdoor Power Equipment, discussed the issues affecting their business units with Isakson.
Among them were the need to cap ethanol in the fuel supply at 10 percent and the need to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act with legislative language that promotes recreational fishing.