Phil Dyskow is 2013 Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year
Yamaha Marine Group
May 10, 2013
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Center for Coastal Conservation recognizes industry veteran for conservation leadership
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Yamaha Marine Group announced today that Immediate Past President, Phil Dyskow, is the 2013 recipient of the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year award presented by the Center for Coastal Conservation. Established in 2012, the award honors extraordinary commitment to conservation by manufacturers.
“Phil Dyskow embodies the spirit of the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation. “He has given of his time, talent and treasure for decades to support his avocation as much as his vocation. Phil’s leadership has been a blessing to anglers and boaters across the country.”
“Eddie Smith was instrumental in helping to found CCC. He has always been a strong champion of sport fishing rights. He is fully aware that today the challenges to sport fishing are greater than ever,” said Dyskow. “Early on he encouraged me to become involved in CCC. Frankly, it has been easy because I so strongly believe that what they are doing can, and is, making a difference in Washington.”
Dyskow was the first Yamaha boat dealer in the United States. He joined Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. in 1981 as one of the first employees involved in the initial research, planning and introduction of Yamaha outboards into the U.S. market. In 1997, he became President of Yamaha Marine Group and held that position until he retired in May of 2010. During his tenure, Yamaha’s share of the market grew dramatically, and the company now supplies more than a third of all the outboards sold in the United States.
Dyskow’s commitment to the growth and future of the marine industry remains strong. He continues to serve Yamaha as senior advisor to the current Yamaha Marine Group President, Ben Speciale. In 2011, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, which advises NOAA® on fisheries issues. He also serves on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC). Established in 1971, the NBSAC is responsible for advising the U.S. Coast Guard on developing and promulgating standards and regulations pertaining to the construction of recreational boats. He is also Vice Chairman of the NMMA® Engine Committee.