Boating Industry Leaders to be Inducted into NMMA Hall of Fame at IBEX


CEOs Bob Long of Marine Concepts and Dusty McCoy of Brunswick are being inducted into the National Marine Manufacturers Association's (NMMA) NMMA Hall of Fame.

Long and McCoy will be recognized for their career achievements and contributions to the industry. The awards will be formally presented during the 25th annual International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) at the show's annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, September 15 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
 
The NMMA Hall of Fame was established in 1988 and recognizes individuals who have made, or continue to generate, substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry.

"As two leaders with unwavering dedication to the marine industry who've made extraordinary contributions to recreational boating, we are honoured to celebrate Bob and Dusty and add them both to the distinguished list of NMMA Hall of Fame inductees that includes such pioneers as Chris Smith, Charles Chapman, Carl Kiekhaefer and Ralph Evinrude and such contemporaries as Ham Hamburger, Leon Slikkers, Phil Dyskow and Ralph Meloon,' says Thom Dammrich, President of the NMMA.
 
A leader, innovator and entrepreneur, Long has spent 45 years in the marine industry. His career includes time spent at the helm of Starcraft and Crestliner; a 17-year reign at Wellcraft Marine; and 21 years as Owner/CEO of internationally recognized JRL Ventures Inc. / Marine Concepts. A long-time NMMA member, Long assisted in the association's formation back in 1979 and sat on its board for six years. He is being recognized for a career-long commitment to meet a need, provide quality, researching new and innovative technology, and employing a personal approach to marine marketing.
 
McCoy has accomplished much for Brunswick Corporation and undertook the formation and direction of the Brunswick Boat Group, a division developed in 2000. Under McCoy's direction, the fledgling Boat Group assembled a headquarters staff and capabilities; developed and refined market strategies; and set about a series of changes in the development, manufacture and marketing of its boats. As part of this evolution, McCoy emerged as a spokesperson and advocate for the marine industry.
 
To attend the breakfast, be sure to buy a ticket by calling (484) 751-5135. Tickets are US $30. Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. (EST) and the program will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 15.