Solutions for the labor shortage

By Margaret PodlichExecutive Director, ABYC Foundation A Minnesota High School faces a 50% cafeteria worker shortage and needs to feed 2500 students a day. It now pays students $16/hour and gives them course credits to work alongside adults. Students work between classes, don’t need transportation to their jobs, and are having fun. In six years, […]

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2022 Movers & Shakers

By Adam Quandt The 12th Annual Boating Industry Movers & Shakers awards recognize outstanding leaders and trailblazers across the recreational boating industry who continually pursue and embrace the challenge of change. This year’s Mover & Shaker of the Year and finalists continue to drive innovation and navigate challenges and changes across our ever-changing industry through […]

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Gearing up for the 2022 ELEVATE SUMMIT

By Jamie Stafford This November, Orlando will play host to ELEVATE SUMMIT, the premier networking event for the recreational marine industry, hosted by Boating Industry magazine and parent company EPG Brand Acceleration. The conference is hosted over three days, featuring keynote speakers, Q&A panels, and the prestigious Top 100 award celebration.  In anticipation of ELEVATE […]

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New director of learning and development joins MarineMax

Mirtha Collin, a mission-driven leader with more than 20 years of experience managing diverse multi-disciplinary teams, joins MarineMax as Director of Learning and Development.  The Director of Learning and Development role is new at MarineMax and will complement the People Strategy function, an important part of the MarineMax mission. Mirtha will have the responsibility of […]

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Limestone Boat Company expands Tennessee manufacturing facility

The Limestone Boat Company – owner of TN Composites and builder of Aquasport Boats, Limestone Boats and Boca Bay Boats – has announced expansion plans for its Tennessee manufacturing facility. Adopting a phased approach to its TN Composites facility’s expansion, the company expects to invest $23.1 million over the next three to five years to […]

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Guest Column: Doing More with Less

Image: Alexander Grey via unsplash. It would appear that “doing more with less” could be the unofficial motto for today’s society, especially regarding the workplace. Restaurants, offices, tech companies and many other businesses are feeling the squeeze of being short staffed and finding it hard to recruit and retain qualified long-term help. What does this […]

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Sea Ray SLX 260

Sea Ray’s SLX 260 is the brand’s first boat to be designed by an all-female team. by Kevin Koenig An exciting development in Knoxville, Tennessee, Sea Ray has launched the SLX 260 (and its sistership the SLX 260 Outboard), designed by women. Photos Courtesy of Sea Ray Sea Ray senior design manager Carrie Fodor and […]

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The SkillsUSA Reveille

By Margaret Podlich Thousands of polite, pulled-together, 16-22 year olds descended on Atlanta during a sweltering week in June. They hailed from high schools, post-secondary technical schools, and community colleges from around the country. All students were required to dress appropriately for their trade, so some were in white double-breasted chef coats, others in pressed […]

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Education must be the culture

  By Matt Edmundson We all know of the skills gap, but is it different for us in the marine industry? What trade other than a marine technician must have such a versatile skill set to be successful? How do we find and train new techs? Compared to similar industries such as automotive or aerospace, […]

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