Bayliner, Knoxville, Tennessee, hosted more than 250 of its dealers from around the world at its annual dealer meeting held at Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford, Georgia in September. Dealers also caught the first glimpse of Bayliner's 2014 modelâ€year boats.
Â“”This year we wanted to embrace a fresh perspective and try something new,”Â” said Keith Yunger, BaylinerÂ’'s President, "which is why Lake Lanier was the perfect setting to host our valued dealers from around the world for two full days of boating, business and entertainment. It was an ideal balance of business and pleasure – not to mention the flawless weather. The most compelling aspect of the dealer meeting, however, was recognizing and commemorating the dealers for their hard work in the field and their dedication and loyalty to the Bayliner brand.'
The awards presented at the 2013 Bayliner Dealer Meeting are as follows:
North American Customer Service Award: Complete Marine, Phoenix, Arizona
Canadian Customer Service Award: M&P Mercury Sales Ltd., Burnaby, BC
North American Top Dealership Award: Quartermaster Marine, Chalottetown, PEI
Rookie of the Year: Winnisquam Marine, Winnisquam, New Hampshire
Passion & Dedication: Riverside Marine, Dunnville, Ontario
North American Lifetime Achievement Award: Bob Feil Boats & Motors, East Wenatchee, Washington
Canada â€ Gold Sales Award (for Single Location): Adrenaline Sports, Quebec City, Quebec
Canada â€ Silver Sales Award (for Single Location): Gordon Bay Marine, MacTier, Ontario
Canada â€ Bronze Sales Award (for Single Location): Town & Country Marine, Lakefield, Ontario
Canada â€ Gold Sales Award for Multiple Locations: Marine Management Services
Canada â€ Silver Sales Award for Multiple Locations: Coastal Marine & Recreation
Canada â€ Bronze Sales Award for Multiple Locations: Groupe Thomas Marine
USAâ€ Gold Sales Award (for Single Location): LMC Marine Center, Houston, Texas
USAâ€ Gold Sales Award (for Single Location): Trudeau's â€ Spokane, Spokane, Washington
USAâ€ Gold Sales Award (for Single Location): Hallberg Marine, Wyoming, Minnesota
USAâ€ Gold Sales Award for Multiple Locations: Wilson Marine
USAâ€ Silver Sales Award for Multiple Locations: Lake Union Sea Ray
USAâ€ Bronze Sales Award for Multiple Locations: Hipp Marine
Latin American Dealer of the Year: All Flags
European Dealer of the Year: Boote Pfister
Australia & Asia Pacific Dealer of the Year: Avante Marine Group
International Bayliner Lifetime Achievement Award: Holland Sport Boat Centre
Quartermaster Marine, which captured Bayliner's Top Dealer award, achieved top gross sales for the brand in 2013. The dealership's territory encompasses three provinces: Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The majority of the dealership's Bayliner business came from the boat builder's cruiser line, which will no longer be sold in North America starting in 2014. However, Quartermaster also sells many of Bayliner's Element, 175 and 185 bowriders.
Recently, Bayliner received two Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards from the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the boat maker's sixth consecutive year of being honoured with the accolade.