Fishing & Boating News
(Mar. 28, 2006 - Chicago, IL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) was recently awarded the Silver Hugo Award for its television commercial entitled "Captain," which promoted NMMA boat shows and ran in several markets across the country, including San Diego, Atlanta, Atlantic City, New York and New Orleans.
(Mar. 30, 2006 - ST. AUGUSTINE, FL) Luhrs Corporation today announced Sun Country Marine of Ontario, CA, has joined its retail network as the exclusive Luhrs dealer for its line of offshore fishing yachts in southern California.
December MSR: Traditional Powerboat Segment Ends Year With Wholesale Dollar Volumes Up; Unit Shipments Down
(Mar. 23, 2006 - CHICAGO, IL) Wholesale dollar sales for the traditional powerboat segment (outboard, sterndrive and inboard boats) rose almost 6 percent for calendar year 2005 compared to figures from the same reporting period in 2004, according to the December Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
(Mar. 14, 2006 - Dania Beach, FL.) Vitoria, Brazil will be the site for the IGFA's Brazilian Sportfishing Conference, to be held November 1 - 3, 2006.
Eight-month mobile marketing tour kicks off in Miami with several new attractions
(Mar. 17, 2006 - Chicago, IL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) kick off the fourth annual installment of their mobile marketing tour today in Miami. Spanning 210 days and 35,000 miles from March through October, the first of the Discover Boating & Take Me Fishing Tour's 14 stops is the Miami Dade County Fair. The tour is financed by NMMA, RBFF and industry sponsors (not with Grow Boating funds) to promote boating and fishing to consumers throughout the country.
(Mar. 15, 2006 - Irving, TX) Night Vision Technologies (NVTi) became a major sponsor of the Bahamas Billfish Championship (BBC) by donating a day/night camera system. The overall champion of the event will receive an NVTi 1018i camera at the final awards banquet.
November MSR: Traditional Powerboat Segment Finds Wholesale Dollar Volumes Rise in November; Unit Shipments Down
(Mar. 15, 2006 - Chicago, IL) Wholesale dollar sales for the traditional powerboat segment (outboard, sterndrive and inboard boats) rose just over 1 percent for the month of November compared to figures from the same reporting period in 2004, and were up 6 percent YTD, posting gains across all categories, according to the November Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
(Mar. 13, 2006 - Florence, Ala.) In an effort to promote conservation among the fisheries that host its professional bass tournaments, FLW Outdoors has donated more than $6,500 to the Northwest Alabama Resource Conservation and Development Council.
(Mar. 13, 2006 - Lebanon, Missouri) A select group of exceptional walleye anglers were recently chosen by G3 Boats to represent the company during the 2006 angling season. The seven individuals were hand-picked after extensive research from a field of hundreds.
(Mar. 09, 2006 - St.Augustine, FL) Luhrs Corporation, the manufacturer of high quality, value-priced sportfishing boats from 28 to 41 feet, announced its top dealerships for the 2005 sales year at its recent Luhrs Dealer Conference held in St. Augustine, Florida.
(Mar. 08, 2006 - Overland Park, KS) Bushnell® Outdoor Products, the worldwide leader in sports optics and outdoor accessories, has appointed Jen Messelt as Public Relations Specialist, according to Mark Schaefer, Marketing Communications Manager for Bushnell.
(Mar. 08, 2006 - Kennesaw, GA.,) In a recent awards ceremony, Yamaha Marine honored members of its field service department for excellence in leadership and customer and dealer satisfaction.
Yamaha Marine Graduates Seven in New Master Technician Program, Designed to Improve Customer Satisfaction
(Mar. 07, 2006 - Kennesaw, GA.,) Having received the Marine Industry CSI Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction every year since the award was created, Yamaha Marine Group knows a thing or two about customer service.
Three specially wrapped 18-wheelers to be showcased nationwide
(Mar. 06, 2006 - BENTON, KY) FLW Outdoors announced Monday that PAM Transportation Services (PTSI), a leader in transportation and logistic solutions, has signed on as the organization's official transportation sponsor. In 2006, PTSI will transport the FLW Outdoors Family Fun Zone and related equipment to every Wal-Mart FLW Tour event using three specially wrapped trailers with matching tractors.
(Mar. 02, 2006 - Kennesaw, GA.,) Yamaha Marine Group has promoted Jay Bentley to District Marketing Manager, according to National Sales Manager John Rigsby.
John E. Stransky Named President - Life Fitness Division; Warren N. Hardie Named President - Brunswick Bowling & Billiards
(Feb. 27, 2006 - Lake Forest, IL.) Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced today that Peter B. Hamilton has been named president - Brunswick Boat Group, reporting to Dustan E. McCoy, Brunswick chairman and chief executive officer.
(Feb. 25, 2006 - KENNESAW, Ga.,) Yamaha dealers and boat builder partners who worked at the recent Miami International Boat Show say sales were exceptionally strong, indicating a psychological and fiscal recovery from last year’s hurricane season.
(Feb. 24, 2006 - Celebration, FL.) Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries and maintenance items, and BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, today announced a one-year sponsorship agreement, making Advance the Exclusive Auto Parts Store sponsor of BASS.
(Feb. 23, 2006 - Tampa, FL) Trey Newton, CEO of Karma Rods, announced a new sponsorship agreement with Capt. Alex Suescun, host of the popular show ?Tarpon Bay Tales,? to promote the company?s flagship line of fishing rods on television and the professional redfish tournament trail. ?
Water Channel, iboats Announce Plans to Harness the Power of the Internet, Television to Promote the Water Lifestyle to Millions
(Feb. 23, 2006 - Miami, FL) The Water Channel, the world's first television network devoted to water lifestyle programming, announced an agreement today to immediately integrate platforms for e-commerce with iboats, the top-rated online retailer of marine products.
Record number of entries received for this year's Innovation Awards
(Feb. 16, 2006 - Miami, FL) Three new boats and three consumer products were recently honored for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 65th Miami International Boat Show.
Voluntary donation is the single largest by any company thus far in 2006
(Feb. 17, 2006 - Miami, FL) 3M recently became the largest single contributor to the Grow Boating Initiative's Rising Tide Fund, with a $110,000 donation announced just prior to the start of the 65th Miami International Boat Show.
(Feb. 14, 2006 - ) Capt. Alex Suescun, professional redfish angler and host of the popular TV show, Tarpon Bay Tales, just signed a new deal to continue to represent Spike-It Outdoors? extensive line of fishing products. Capt. Alex, who last year helped to introduce Spike-It?s new line of ?Diamond Flash? lures to saltwater anglers throughout the southeast, is excited about the opportunity to carry on his promotional efforts on behalf of Spike-It.
(Feb. 16, 2006 - Miami, FL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has announced Richard Schwartz, chairman and founder of The Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatU.S.), is the recipient of this year's Charles F. Chapman Award. Schwartz received the award at the Miami International Boat Show Media Breakfast on Thursday, February 16, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
"Highest Customer Satisfaction" - "Bass Boats 2006"
(Feb. 16, 2006 - Miami, FL) This morning, February 16, 2006 in Miami FL, at approximately 10:15 AM, Bass Cat Boats was again presented the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates Award, for "Highest Customer Satisfaction", "Bass Boats 2006".
(Feb. 14, 2006 - Lebanon, MO.) Three G3 Boat dealerships were recently awarded high recognition by the editors of Boating Industry magazine. As elite members of the top 100 boat dealers in the country, Apopka Marine Inc. of Inverness, FL, Custom Marine of Statesboro, GA and Lakeside Marine Inc. of Harrisburg, PA were all selected for inclusion in the magazines top 100 rating.
(Feb. 12, 2006 - Kennesaw, GA.,) Yamaha Marine Group, a unit of Yamaha Motor Corporation USA, today announced record results for its marine business in 2005 and revealed its strategy to become a more autonomous stand-alone organization so that it can better serve its U.S. customers.
(Feb. 08, 2006 - Chicago, IL) In October, wholesale shipments for the traditional powerboat segment (outboard, sterndrive and inboard boats) declined on both monthly and year-to-date counts, according to the October Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
New Web-Based Tool Lets Dealers Design Their Own POP Materials
(Feb. 03, 2006 - Kennesaw, GA.,) Beginning today, Yamaha Marine Group will provide its dealers with a service that allows them to electronically create custom point of sale (POS) materials featuring Yamaha that can be quickly tailored to regional dealer needs. Best of all, dealers will be able to use their Yamaha co-op funds towards the program.
(Jan. 30, 2006 - Athens, TX) If you fish for black bass, fisheries biologists from throughout the southern United States want to hear from you. The Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society will host a black bass management workshop featuring fisheries professionals and representatives of the angling community Feb. 10 during the annual meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society in San Antonio.
FLW Outdoors Proudly Announces The Addition of G3, Polar Kraft as Premier Boat Sponsors of the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League
(Jan. 23, 2006 - Benton, Ky.) In a move that will greatly expand tournament opportunities for the nation's walleye anglers, FLW Outdoors announced Friday the addition of G3 and Polar Kraft as premier boat sponsors of the $2.69 million Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour and $480,380 Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League alongside Ranger Boats. Champion and Stratos remain associate sponsors, giving anglers who run any of the five brands priority entry into both circuits.
Florida Regains Top Ranking Nationwide; Great Lakes Leads Regional Rankings
(Jan. 22, 2006 - Chicago, IL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today released its 2004 U.S. Recreational Boat Registration Statistics report, and copies of the annual study are now available for purchase by both NMMA and non-NMMA members.
(Jan. 23, 2006 - St.Augustine, FL) Marine industry veteran Ken Stofflet has been hired by Luhrs Corporation as regional sales manager responsible for the dealer network in the Great Lakes and eastern United States.
Robert Newsome, Alice Brown and Thelma McGee promoted
(Jan. 13, 2006 - Chicago, IL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today several promotions within its Engineering Standards Department. Robert Newsome was promoted to manager, engineering standards; Alice Brown was promoted to manager, certification marketing programs; and Thelma McGee will take over as the new certification coordinator. Newsome and McGee will report to Tom Marhevko, vice president of engineering standards, and Brown reports to Newsome.
Pros Bolivar, Knapp, Minderman, Gadlage headline pro angling team
(Jan. 10, 2006 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Monday that Johnson & Johnson, the world's most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, is joining the family of FLW Outdoors sponsors. In 2006, Johnson & Johnson will promote their Imodium Advanced™, Pepcid Complete™, Tylenol Extra Strength Rapid Release™ and Tylenol Severe Allergy™ brands through all 10 FLW Outdoors tournament trails.
New Internet Marketing Manager, Discover Boating Marketing Director, Canada, Selected
(Jan. 10, 2006 - Chicago, IL) he National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today the addition of two new members to its Marketing Communications staff: Armida Markarova has been named Internet marketing manager, and Lindsay Rennie has been chosen as the Discover Boating marketing director, Canada. Both will report to Carl Blackwell, NMMA vice president of marketing and communications.
(Jan. 09, 2006 - Chicago, IL) Dates and locations for the new Marine Industry Dealer Certification Program launch workshops have recently been finalized and marine retailers are encouraged to attend one of the informational sessions across the country.
As Communications & Dealer Education Manager
(Jan. 06, 2006 - Kennesaw, GA.,) Yamaha Marine Group has appointed Martin Peters, Roswell, Ga., as Communications & Dealer Education Manager, a new department manager position, according to Dale Barnes, Marketing Manager.
(Jan. 06, 2006 - Kennesaw, GA.,) Yamaha Marine continues to strengthen its service division by reorganizing several key positions in the marine field service organization.
Multi-year sponsorship to include all seven freshwater tournament trails
(Jan. 05, 2006 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Tuesday that Lowrance - a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of high-quality sport-fishing sonar and Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping instruments - will become the official freshwater electronics sponsor of FLW Outdoors commencing with the 2006 tournament season.
(Jan. 05, 2006 - Washington, DC) Mariners can now get free electronic downloads of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Raster Navigational Charts (RNCs). A raster chart is a digitally scanned image of a paper nautical chart used by mariners for navigation.
(Jan. 03, 2006 - Athens, TX.) Individuals or organizations that have made a lasting contribution to freshwater fishing in Texas may be nominated through Feb. 25 for induction into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
(Dec. 20, 2005 - Dania Beach, FL.) The 2006 IGFA calendar of events
September MSR: Traditional Powerboat Segment Finds Wholesale Dollar Sales Up 8.8 Percent; Unit Volumes Down 3.1 Percent
(Dec. 16, 2005 - Chicago, IL) In September, wholesale dollar sales for the traditional powerboat segment (outboard, sterndrive, and inboard boats) gained 8.8 percent while unit volumes declined 3.1 percent compared to September 2004, according to the September Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) released Tuesday by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
(Dec. 17, 2005 - Lebanon, MO) Professional Bass angler Mark Burgess from Norton Massachusetts has recently announced his decision to fish the entire FLW tour season in a high-performance aluminum bass boat. Although many top anglers, such as Jay Yelas, have used high-performance aluminum boats in the past, Burgess states he will maintain the "Tactical Bassin" approach throughout the season. Mark will be running the latest version of the HP 200 from G3 Boats.
(Dec. 13, 2005 - Kennesaw, GA.,) In an ongoing effort to enhance customer satisfaction, Yamaha Marine is strengthening its service organization by adding several new management and staff positions.
(Dec. 13, 2005 - Kennesaw, GA.,) Yamaha Marine announced today that it has no plans for a mid-year price increase on its outboard motors, according to Ben Speciale, vice president of operations and planning of Yamaha Marine.
Seventh annual Rolex sponsored event honors contributions to the sport of fishing; rescheduled after Hurricane Wilma tore through S. Fla.
(Dec. 12, 2005 - DANIA BEACH, FL.) Five men, Stuart "Stu" C. Apte, John L. Morris, George Parker, Donald J. Tyson and Edward vom Hofe, were enshrined Dec. 11, into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame. Sponsored by Rolex and held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., the star-studded induction dinner and ceremony had been rescheduled six weeks later after Hurricane Wilma interrupted the event in late October.
(Dec. 09, 2005 - Fort Lauderdale, FL) Beneteau recently honored The Catamaran Group as the best World Lagoon Dealer distributor at the Paris Boat Show, reconfirming its international status as the # 1 source of quality catamarans in both Europe and North America
Promotion of several long-time NMMA show managers to division vice president announced
(Dec. 08, 2005 - Chicago, IL) In response to the recent growth experienced by its Boat and Sports Show arm, the National Marine Manufacturers Association has restructured the department and promoted several long-time NMMA show managers, including Mark Adams, Cathy Johnston and Linda Waddell. All will continue reporting to NMMA executive vice president Ben Wold.
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