Nautic Global Group (NGG), Elkhart, Indiana, recently recognized its top dealers for model year 2013 at an awards dinner during its annual dealer conference.
While no Canadian dealers were recognized as a top seller for NGG's brands, the dealer meeting attracted more than 700 boat retailers from over 350 dealerships from around the world. The theme of this year's meeting was ‘Plan To Win,' reflecting the continued growth strategy for the company and its dealer partners.
“Every one of our dealers is a vital part of our business, but by recognizing the top dealers for all of our brands, we hope to challenge everyone to raise the bar even higher for 2014,” said Doug Sexton, Nautic Global Group Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The success and growth of Nautic Global Group is directly connected to the hard work and dedication of our dealer partners, and this event is an opportunity to celebrate successes and work toward the future.”
NGG recognized the winners for its four primary boat lines including Rinker Express Cruisers and Captiva Sport Boats, Hurricane Deck Boats, Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats and Godfrey Pontoon Boats (including Sanpan, Aqua Patio and Sweetwater).
Hideaway Harbor Yacht Sales in Harrison Township, Michigan, on Lake St. Clair was named the Top Rinker Dealer for 2013. Brothers Rick and Rob Velger are part of a family that's been in the boating business since the late 1800s when their relatives began selling aluminum boats and bait on the Detroit River. This is the third consecutive year Hideaway has been named the top Rinker dealer in the world. Hideaway Harbor Yacht Sales was also recognized for top sales at a single location for all Nautic Global Group brands.
The Boat House, part of an ownership group that runs five dealerships in Florida, Illinois and Wisconsin, was named the Top Hurricane Boats Dealer for 2013. Tom Hansen, who runs the company's two Florida locations, is a second-generation boat retailer who says the protected waters around Southwest Florida are a perfect match for the Hurricane Deck Boat design. Dealer Principal Kevin Code was also honored for top sales at multiple locations for all NauticGlobal Group brands. “We are excited to be partners with the team from Nautic Global Group,” said Code. “Hurricane Deck Boats and the Godfrey Pontoon line are a big part of our dealerships in Florida and our Midwest locations.”
Krupa's Boat Mart in Jackson, Michigan, was named the Top Godfrey Pontoon Boats Dealer for 2013. Located in South Central Michigan and surrounded by hundreds of small pontoon friendly lakes, Krupa's is a second-generation dealership that's run by Gary Krupa and a tight-knit group of longtime employees. Krupa's has been among the top Godfrey Pontoon Boats retailers for many years.
Hamlin's Marine, with locations in Waterville and Bangor, Maine, was named the Top Polar Kraft Dealer for 2013. Owner Dave Hamlin attributes the success of his dealerships to hard work, customer service, and keeping a fully stocked boat inventory. The tough Polar Kraft line is a great fit for fishing on Eastern Maine's rocky lakes, rivers and shoreline. Hamlin's Marine is consistently ranked among the top Polar Kraft dealers in the world.