The theft of outboard motors and electronics is an industry problem we don’t talk about much, but we should. That’s the position of the Marine Industry Association of Southwest Florida as it convened a special one-day forum to address thefts.
If you’re a dealer serving customers that fish the waters of the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, you’re under attack. That’s because your customers are engaged in what has become a never-ending fight to protect their opportunities to fish and you need to be engaged with them.
It’s called Discover Boating’s Hands-On Skills Training (HOST). It has completed its fifth year and it’s been very successful when measured by the number of boaters — and wannabe boaters — that have participated. The total number is a whopping 6,665 participants at boat shows and dealerships comprised of 4,074 for powerboating classes and 2,591 […]
The economic enthusiasm for the Trump administration is quickly turning to concern about whose favorite programs will see serious cuts or disappear entirely. For the marine industry, it’s likely we’ll face hard decisions about where to put our legislative muscle and where to abandon a position that can’t succeed.
There are many who argue that the highest priority for a dealer should be attracting new customers. Indeed, no one can deny the importance of a stream of new prospects. But I would argue that it’s at least as important to retain existing customers. And in order to know the best way to do that, […]
A strong boat show, reduced sales taxes, a sales tax cap and more money for dredging. These are just a few of the successes the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey has brought about for its members and it’s a great example of why every dealer and marina operator should be a member of their […]
As a demographic, baby boomers are said to hold the most wealth while millennials are now the largest generation in America. Sandwiched in between is a relatively smaller — but likely more important — group to boating best known as Generation X.
Call them signs of the times or “good times to be in the boat business,” as National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich said in his recent State of the Industry report in Miami.
An Ohio dealership gives away 2,500 white buckets with its name and logo on them at the Progressive Mid-America Boat Show; a Bank of America study finds that Hispanic small business owners are more optimistic than their non-Hispanic counterparts.
After accomplishing the biggest relocation of a major show in marine industry history last year, the National Marine Manufacturers Association executed a second-year improvement plan in remarkable ways while dispelling any doubts about this iconic show’s permanent new home.
Today I’m beginning five days of manning the Discover Boating and “Hands On Skills Training” activity at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show and I’m reminded of the importance to our industry of the growing Hispanic market, not just here in South Florida, but across America.
It was a blustery 20 degrees, with snow on the ground and a frozen lake, when I walked into the showroom at Ohio’s Buckeye Sports Center to look over the new Super Air Nautique G-21. Its styling and dramatic surf graphics made the boat an immediate turn-on.
The Greater Miami area will become the epicenter of the recreational boating world one week from today when the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail opens in two locations in Miami, while Yachts Miami Beach will begin a similar five-day run over in Miami Beach.
If you’re like me, you enjoy listening to good motivational speakers or reading notes and articles that contain good ideas or adaptable tips. Here, then, are a few I’ve collected from some sources known and some not. Perhaps there’s a gem or two in here for you today:
A well-deserved salute to the Marine Industries Association of South Florida on tonight’s party marking the 40th anniversary of the Broward County Waterway Cleanup.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen so many boat shows see a surge in attendance, but it’s happening. And, while we’re talking shows, research by Discover Boating identifies some key mistakes dealers can make during and after the show.
Some millennials are burdened with student loan debts and earn less than expected, but enough of them are doing well to keep the industry’s boat sales prospects bright.
Cincinnati is dubbed the Queen City of Ohio but the title should be King City when it comes to attendance at the boat show that wrapped up last weekend. And in the northern part of the state, the Cleveland show also chalked up handsome gains.
Last summer, Republicans took aim at financial reform by proposing legislative action to replace Dodd-Frank with the Financial Choice Act. The proposal included a repeal of the hard-won debit-card swipe fees reform that more fairly set what’s paid by retailers. Should we expect it to happen this year?
I addressed the annual meeting of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association last Friday during the Progressive Mid-America Boat Show in Cleveland. I was happy to see the show going well, but my real pleasure was getting to talk to many dealers I have known for years. Their conversations and outlooks always give me perspectives […]
I’m not suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin will order someone to hack into your computers, but the current media feeding frenzy over hacking brings into focus the fact that cybersecurity is a real risk for small businesses, including boat dealerships.
If the opening weekend for the Houston International Boat Show is any indicator, the winter shows are going to see robust business. Meanwhile, there’s speculation that changes coming at the Environmental Protection Agency could have a positive impact on the ethanol debacle that’s hounded America’s boaters for years.
After having produced more than 125 boat shows during my career, it should be no surprise I’m never far from the subject. With our important winter show circuit starting Friday in Houston and Denver, today I can’t help but focus on some thoughts for the show management staff.
A rising tide lifts all ships and the economic news surrounding the opening of the industry’s winter boat shows is the best in a decade.
Oh EPA, Oh EPA
Here’s an early Christmas present to open. As you do, you’ll learn that boaters are leaving faster than we can replace them. Fifty-four percent of first-time boat buyers in 2005 have bailed out. Between 2000 and 2015, first-time new-boat buyers dropped from 175,000 to 69,000.
Dave Anderson, who has written 13 books on leadership, offers timeless advice for becoming an effective leader.
I like to write about something Congress does that we can applaud, although it happens about as often as Colin Kaepernick is named “Patriot of the Year” by the local VFW. However, sometime this week President Obama is expected to sign the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, legislation that holds some provisions that can […]
The Advisory Council of Marine Associations will be sending a list of issues and actions to the board of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas as a result of a meeting held Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.
As an avid boater and angler, I’m a conservationist and an environmentalist, albeit not one of those raving activists that are more unconnected from reality than Willy Wonka in a chocolate factory. Still, I am one to applaud the good news of actions that can legitimately protect our oceans and waterways.
What was once an iconic venue for events ranging from Jimmy Buffett concerts to powerboat races, the venerable Miami Marine Stadium is closer today to restoration than ever before with the recent Miami commissioners’ vote to put up $45 million.
When it comes to the future of boating and fishing, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation president Frank Peterson was on point when he said “The boating and fishing industries must focus on the three Rs: recruitment, retention and reactivation.”
Take four days of Chamber of Commerce-type weather. Frame it with the city’s beautiful Harborside Center & Yacht Basin. Recognize it’s become one of the largest such events on Florida’s Gulf Coast and you have the Southwest Florida Marine Industry Association’s Fort Myers Boat Show.
The Advisor Council of Marine Associations set Dec. 6 for their annual meeting, while the Recreational Fishing Alliance has told its members what it sees in the recent election results.
We’re now a little more than two weeks away from the new federal regulations that will affect more than 4.2 million paychecks. And it’s likely that dealership owners have been procrastinating, focused instead on the Northern winter haulout, fall boat shows and the like consuming their days.
With the successful Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show now in our wake and the opening today of the popular United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis, eyes are already focused on the iconic Progressive Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail, as well as the revamped Yachts Miami Beach.
You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do – Carl Jung
Your customers exhibit the loyalty for which every dealer hopes. However, when you seriously analyze your sales results, you don’t really love your numbers. They’re flat. What’s up?
Who wouldn’t like a piece of the $16.2 billion-plus expected to be spent on this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on Nov. 26?
“You don’t need a title to be a leader!”
Kudos to the fishermen in Michigan for speaking out and winning the day, but boaters nationwide could be the losers in the continuing march of ethanol.
You’ve made a genuine effort to clearly define a customer-centric culture in your dealership and introduced it at a special all-team presentation. But they just don’t seem to get it and the truth is you were bound to fail.
Dealership profitability or customer loyalty: which is more important? Also, major changes announced by states surrounding Lake Michigan are an example of the double-edged sword that invasive species can be to fisheries.
I must be living in a vacuum. I thought performance-enhancing drugs were mostly for the Russian Olympics team. I’ve never thought about them in the context of our colleges … or boat dealerships?
There’s more than one reason that boating is struggling to attract millennials, but the problem of student loans is high on the list. Is it a crisis? Yes.
It’s just eight weeks and counting down until dealerships will have few choices when the new overtime rules proposed by the Obama administration go into effect on Dec. 1.
The opening of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference this morning in Tampa was surrounded by good economic news and an anticipation of large show crowds.
We need more first-time buyers. Is there anyone in our industry that disagrees with me on that? But let’s be clear: to get them will require an understanding of who they are and how they roll.
Last weekend I joined others from my church to paint a house as part of CareFest USA, a community service day that unites businesses, churches and community organizations with hundreds of volunteers to beautify and repair homes and beautify neighborhoods.
If you sell fishing boats of any size and style and you’ve never taken time to look over www.takemefishing.org, you haven’t seen one of the most comprehensive consumer campaigns that directly supports our industry and offers dealers great content.