Sea Tow Foundation to present boating safety awards at Elevate

The Sea Tow Foundation, with the help and support of its newly launched North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council, announces the unveiling of a new national awards program designed to recognize the best boating safety work in the for-profit sector of the recreational marine marketplace occurring within the United States.

The inaugural presentation of the “National Boating Industry Safety Awards” will be held the opening night of Boating Industry’s Elevate Summit on November 22 in Orlando, and will honor top boating safety programs and promotions in four separate categories.

According to Sea Tow Foundation’s Executive Director Gail R. Kulp, the North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council developed and recommended the recognition to spotlight the best in class work of marine retailers, marine manufacturers and marine media. A fourth award will be presented for the best overall marine marketing outreach program promoting boating safety.

“We are very enthusiastic about the work of our Sober Skipper Advisory Council members who have collaborated with us to develop this important awards recognition,” said Kulp. “While there are some existing boating safety award programs, none focus on and recognize the contributions of the greater for-profit sector of the marine industry. Our goal is to help build awareness and inspire new opportunities within the for-profit sector to better promote boating safety and to showcase best practices throughout the industry within the U.S. We hope our program not only serves to recognize the outstanding work currently underway but will ultimately spur greater industry support and participation in the future.”

“We are very pleased to participate with the Sea Tow Foundation and the North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council in hosting the inaugural awards presentation at our Elevate Summit,” said Top 100 and Elevate Managing Director Jonathan Sweet. “Our event is designed for key influencers and decision-makers throughout the boating industry, so we felt this new award presentation was perfectly suited for our audience and our venue.”

Nominations will be accepted between August 15 – October 1, 2019 and includes the boating safety work of marine industry for-profit organizations conducted between August 15, 2018 – August 18, 2019.

Applications are available for download at http://soberskipper.com/awards

Economist Elliot Eisenberg named as Elevate keynote speaker

Economist and columnist Dr. Elliot Eisenberg will kick off the first full day of the 2019 Boating Industry Elevate Summit.

Eisenberg will speak at 8 a.m. November 23. Elevate runs from November 22-24 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. The full schedule for Elevate is available at BoatingIndustryElevate.com.

“Elevate is designed for the top executives in the boating industry and having Dr. Eisenberg on board will help us deliver the kind of information they need to run their businesses,” said Jonathan Sweet, managing director of Boating Industry’s shows and the Top 100 program. “Dr. Eisenberg not only knows his stuff, he also makes economics fun and interesting.”

Eisenberg is a nationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant and educational. Eisenberg is the Chief Economist for GraphsandLaughs, LLC, an economic consultancy that serves a variety of clients across the United States. He writes a syndicated column and authors a daily 70-word commentary on the economy that is available at www.econ70.com.

“I am already very excited to be part of the 2019 Boating Industry Elevate conference,” Eisenberg said. “There will be great educational and networking opportunities that should not be missed by anyone in the industry!“

Eisenberg has spoken to hundreds of business groups and has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation. His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Bureau of National Affairs, Forbes, Fortune, and many other publications. He is a regularly featured guest on cable news programs, talk and public radio.