Fishing & Boating News

Judges Named For NMMA Innovation Awards At MAATS

by: Dan Green, NMMA Staff,

(Apr. 22, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The panel of judges, drawn from Boating Writers International (BWI) to determine the recipients of the NMMA Innovation Awards being presented at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS), have been announced. MAATS is being held July 8-11 at the Las Vegas Hilton in conjunction with the S.T.E.P. Conference (S.T.E.P. dates are July 7-8; MAATS July 8-11).

Serving as judges at this year's event are:

  • Roger Marshall, Soundings
  • Rick Eyerdam, Florida Shipping magazine
  • Kim Kavin, Power and Motoryacht
  • Alan Wendt, Wendt Associates
  • Jan Mundy, DIY-Boats
  • Zuzana Prohaska, Santana magazine
  • Jim Barron, Trailer Boats magazine

The Innovation Awards program, organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, is the recreational boating industry's highest honor for product excellence, recognizing those products that best meet the following criteria:

  • Innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured
  • Benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer
  • Practicality
  • Cost-effectiveness

The members of BWI serving as judges for the program each have particular expertise in the award categories.

Up to nine aftermarket products will be recognized during the MAATS Award reception on July 10. NMMA Innovation Awards are also presented each year at IBEX and Miami, for the product categories represented at those shows. More than 40 new product entries are expected at this year's event, as MAATS continues to establish itself as the premier forum for new product introductions in the marine aftermarket.

Participants in the "New Product Previews" at MAATS are automatically entered in the Awards program and will vie for top honors in the following categories:

  • Interior Parts (seating, lighting, gallery, plumbing, electrical, ventilation)
  • Aftermarket Electronics, Instruments and Navigation
  • Boat Care, Coatings, Chemicals, Maintenance Tools
  • Hardware, Rigging, Rope, Docking and Anchoring Equipment, Boat Covers
  • Propulsion, Parts, Propellers
  • Personal Gear, Soft Goods
  • Safety Products
  • Trailer Parts and Accessories
  • Water Sports Equipment, Dinghies, Inflatables, Fishing Products

For information on MAATS, contact Kathleen Clickett at (312) 946-6252; or kclickett@nmma.org.