2014 Best in Class: Best Boat Show Strategy


Kelsey Houle
November 25, 2014

2014 Best Boat Show Strategy:  Marine Connection West Palm Beach, Fla.   The staff at Marine Connection is never surprised by a boat show. The staff is always plotting their next show strategy, focused on recreating their own showroom on the show floor weeks before any show. For Jani Gyllenberg... Read more »

2014 Editors’ Choice: Vallely Sport & Marine

Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
November 25, 2014

Vallely Sport & Marine  Bismarck, N.D.   Located smack dab in the middle of North Dakota’s oil boom has meant plenty of new business for Vallely Sport & Marine, but it also presents its fair share of challenges. With percentage growth in the double digits the last two years, the company’s... Read more »

2014 Editors’ Choice: Paris Marine

Brianna Liestman, Managing Editor
November 25, 2014

Paris Marine Selwyn, Ontario   Whether it’s the employees or the customer, at Paris Marine it’s all about the people. Paris Marine’s vision for its business is one of consistent growth and grooming of its long-term operations. The best way to achieve this, the management team believes, is... Read more »

2014 Best in Class: Best Marketing


Kelsey Houle
November 25, 2014

2014 Best Marketing:  MarineMax, Inc.  Clearwater, Fla.   2013 marked the first full year for the in-house marketing team at MarineMax and the team has certainly made an impact. The marketing team has improved MarineMax’s digital portfolio and constantly researches new initiatives to reach... Read more »

2014 Editors’ Choice: Lynnhaven Marine

Nicholas Upton, Associate Editor
November 25, 2014

Lynnhaven Marine Virginia Beach, Va.   I had the opportunity to speak with Chuck at Lynnhaven Marine about his unique training days this year, but Guthrie’s novel approach to team building and marketing is just one of the many things he and his team does right. Looking at the numbers, Lynnhaven... Read more »

2014 Editors’ Choice: Kelly’s Port

Liz Keener, Senior Editor
November 25, 2014

Kelly’s Port Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.    From the minute someone becomes a prospect, buys a boat, schedules a service appointment, stores a boat or even buys gas from Kelly’s Port, that person becomes a part of the “Kelly Family.” And from that moment, the entire staff at the Lake of the... Read more »

Q&A with MoreBoats.com: A new model with extensive research


By Brianna Liestman
November 25, 2014

While at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo last week, I had a chance to sit down for a Q&A with one of our newest exhibitors, MoreBoats.com, a boat search tool using a pay-per-lead model for dealers and brokers. The website was launched by Vladimir Islamov and Anna Islamova (husband and wife... Read more »

METS sets record for attendance, exhibitors

Jason Gardner, Chuck Yates, Sea Deck 3

Craig Ritchie
November 21, 2014

The numbers don’t lie – the 2014 METS was the biggest ever, with record numbers of both exhibitors and visitors. A total of 21,086 people attended the world’s largest marine equipment trade show, which wrapped up Thursday in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This beats the record 20,500 exhibitors who attended... Read more »

Economic rebound in US, Europe fuels business at METS

Sue Smith, Jackson Smith, Gator Guards 2

By Craig Ritchie
November 20, 2014

The 27th annual METS appears to be a show of superlatives, with record numbers of exhibitors, strong attendance through the first two days, and deals being made throughout the massive Amsterdam RAI exhibition complex. For the second straight day, attendance surpassed 2013 levels, with 8,464 marine industry... Read more »

Boating Industry announces 2014 Top 100 Dealers


By Boating Industry
November 20, 2014

Boating Industry announced the 10th annual list of Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Wednesday in Orlando. “For a decade, Boating Industry has recognized the best boat dealers in North America as the Top 100,” said Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet. “These dealers are truly the... Read more »

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