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Regular Q&As with marine industry leaders.

Q&A with Frank Peterson, president, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation

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By Jonathan Sweet
May 16, 2014

The Hispanic population is the fastest-growing segment of the population in the United States, but the group is not engaging in fishing and boating. With that in mind, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation officially launched a Hispanic outreach program this spring that will include advertising,... Read more »

Q&A with Roy W. Olivier, president & CEO, ARI

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
May 1, 2014

From websites to social media to online reputation management, digital marketing is rapidly evolving. With its recent acquisitions and product releases, ARI is increasing its investment in those areas. This month, we talked to ARI president & CEO Roy Olivier about what’s driving that growth strategy... Read more »

Q&A with Roy W. Olivier, president & CEO, ARI

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By Jonathan Sweet
April 4, 2014

From websites to social media to online reputation management, digital marketing is rapidly evolving. With its recent acquisitions and product releases, ARI is increasing its investment in those areas. To read the full Q&A with Olivier, be sure to check out the May issue of Boating Industry. Boating... Read more »

Q&A with Jim Lane, president, Chaparral & Robalo

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
April 1, 2014

While not immune to the boating market crash, the Chaparral and Robalo boat brands have weathered the downturn better than many. Jim Lane, president at Chaparral since 1977, has seen his share of ups and downs in the boating market, but says he is confident about the future of the company’s brands.... Read more »

Q&A with Ron Huibers, Volvo Penta of the Americas

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Kelsey Houle
March 1, 2014

Ron Huibers assumed the helm as president of Volvo Penta of the Americas in 2012. He is responsible for Volvo Penta leisure marine, commercial marine and industrial engine business throughout the Americas. He is also responsible within Volvo Penta for the global marine leisure gas segment. Huibers has... Read more »

Q&A with YachtWorld Hero David Rockefeller, Jr.

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By Jonathan Sweet
February 25, 2014

Dominion Marine Media kicked off the Miami International Boat Show by naming David Rockefeller, Jr., as the 2013 YachtWorld Hero. (Read more about the announcement here.) The other four finalists for the award were Joel Aberbach, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; Betsy Alison, Paralympic coach for the U.S.... Read more »

Q&A with Nautic Global Group CEO Jim Malone

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Kelsey Houle
February 1, 2014

Nautic Global Group recently hosted a “fireside chat” for its leading dealers with Jim Malone, the company’s new chairman and CEO. Nautic’s brands include Hurricane, Parti Kraft, Godfrey, Rinker Polar Kraft and more. Malone has served as chairman or CEO of five Fortune 500 companies in multiple... Read more »

Q&A: Gordy’s Rallee Chupich is named 2013 Darlene Briggs honoree

Tom Kaiser, Senior Editor
January 1, 2014

(Photo by Universalimage.net) Rallee Chupich, director of service and restaurant operations at Gordy’s Lakefront Marine in Wisconsin, was named the 28th recipient of the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year award at the 2013 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, held November 17-20 in Orlando, Fla. The... Read more »

Q&A: Roch Lambert on Rec Boat Holdings strategy

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Kelsey Houle
October 1, 2012

Back in 2010, Platinum Equity acquired the Four Winns, Glastron and Wellcraft brands at auction from the bankrupt Genmar Holdings. Since then, Platinum has formed Rec Boat Holdings and hired industry veteran Roch Lambert to lead the company. Platinum has also made major investments in design and engineering... Read more »

Q&A: GE executive looks ahead

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Kelsey Houle
April 1, 2012

Kicking off the 2012 Miami International Boat Show, the GE Capital & NMMA Industry Leadership Conference featured an economic outlook by Rob Podorefsky, managing director of GE Capital Interest Rate Management Group. Podorefsky detailed what is ahead for the economy and what to watch for in 2012,... Read more »

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