We’re just back from the 2018 Boating Industry Top 100 Gala – our annual celebration of the best boat dealers in North America.
We once again honored the Top 100 dealers, along with the Top 100 Hall of Fame. I’m continually inspired by the great improvements and best practices these elite companies bring forth every year.
This year was especially meaningful as we recognized The Sail & Ski Center with the Dealer of the Year Award – its second after winning the honor for the first time in 2009. The fact that Sail & Ski could win the award twice nearly a decade apart is a testament to the team’s longevity and ability to adapt, as the marine industry is drastically different than it was then. Sail & Ski continues to impress with its customer service, marketing, workforce development and industry advocacy.
The award, of course, is somewhat bittersweet as the company lost founder and co-owner Rod Malone earlier this year. From my many talks with Rod I know how much the Top 100 and winning the Dealer of the Year meant to him, so I’m very happy that he knew of the company’s selection before his passing.
As we get ready to celebrate the 15th year of the Boating Industry Top 100 in 2019, I’m especially excited about capping off our new Boating Industry Elevate Summit with the Top 100 Gala on Nov. 24 in Orlando. Look for 2019 applications in January!