Cooper Marley is 12. He is the son of Comedian Bob Marley, and he’s also a die hard water skier….I think he might actually love it more than I do!!
Coop had a school project for a class, on the topic of Changemakers, so he decided to call me up. Why?…I dunno. As humans, there is an innate desire to do what we can to make the world a better place. We wanna leave it better than we found it. But most people don’t have any idea how to accomplish that. There’s no “right way” and there’s not really a road map to follow. I am one of those “most people”, as I’m still trying to figure out how to become a change maker. But, Cooper is 12, and I’d say he’s well on his way.
This is a phone conversation between Cooper in Maine, and me in California, so the audio is not ideal, but I think its more than good enough.
Let me know what you think of this episode, and what you might want to see more of down the road!
ORLANDO, FL (January 9, 2017) — Today Correct Craft, owner of several of the industry’s top boat brands, announced its newest acquisition, Bryant Boats.
Bryant Boats is a respected high quality boat brand built in Sweetwater, Tennessee. With an already high appeal regionally, Bryant is well positioned for further national and global growth.
Previous Bryant owner and respected industry veteran, John Dorton, will remain at Bryant as both President and a minority shareholder. Dorton has one of the best track records in the boating industry and is highly respected for both his work leading MasterCraft through many years of explosive growth and serving leadership roles on various boating industry boards.
Dorton stated, “I am happy to continue leading Bryant into the future. We are all excited about the possibilities for growing Bryant significantly and globally in the years ahead.” “I also look forward to joining the Correct Craft family and working with both Bill and his team; our cultures are aligned and I believe we will be able to achieve great things together,” added Dorton.
Bill Yeargin, Correct Craft CEO, commented, “I could not be happier to announce the acquisition of Bryant Boats. We believe Bryant is an excellent brand with tremendous global potential.” Yeargin added, “I am also very excited to have a respected leader like John Dorton joining our team. As someone who competed against John for many years I know he is not only one of the top leaders in our industry but also someone whom I tremendously respect. We have a bright future together!”
About Bryant Boats: Since 1960, Bryant Boats, a subsidiary of Correct Craft, has been operated by some of the industry’s most renowned builders and designers. Located in Sweetwater, Tennessee, Bryant produces stern drive runabouts ranging in length from 19-27 feet using 100% hand-laid fiberglass and wood-free construction designed for discerning and value-conscious boaters. For more information please visit www.bryantboats.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.
The answer to these questions for 2016 was clearly Anna Gay, Sean Hunter and Brooke Baldwin. Below are a few words by Ellie Rae Horton about these 3 distinguished skiers.
The Syndicate Hardshell Boot & Binding System is the latest step into the future of competition waterski gear. The top choice of tournament slalom skiers around the world for its reliable performance, this release mechanism employs an adjustable spring loaded heel unit that allows for tension release point modification in relation to skier weight and preference. Hardshell reliability is now paired with top of the line agility by employing a 3D printed outsole. This custom contoured footbed fits precisely with the boot shell. This enables full contact between boot and plate thereby stabilizing the connection by reducing lateral slippage and increasing agility. For maximum comfort and cushioning we’ve employed a heat-moldable liner, allowing for a personalized fit that contours to your foot shape for the best fit and feel in the industry. In addition we’ve added a Velcro ankle strap to keep your liners on your feet. The light weight yet reliable snow ski inspired boot buckles allow for personalized tightening. Use the buckle ladder to tighten or spin the buckle for a more customized fit. The Memory Buckle allows you to get a consistent tightness on the upper cuff every time you ski. Learn more and get yours at http://www.hosports.com/
MERCED, CA. (DECEMBER 19, 2016)-Centurion and Supreme Boats, two growing towboat brands and recently purchased by the legendary Correct Craft company announced the appointment of industry veteran Mark Gibbs to the position of National Sales Manager. Gibbs will provide direction to the company’s regional sales management team and focus on expanding distribution channels in the domestic market. Gibbs will work closely with the Centurion and Supreme dealer network developing and providing sales training, brand guidance and positive leadership of our brands and within their businesses. “I have had the pleasure of following Mark’s career and we are so excited to have him lead our sales team. Mark is very relational, easy to do business with and our dealers are going to absolutely respect his industry knowledge and dealer centric approach to doing business”, says Paul
Singer, President of Centurion and Supreme Boats.
Gibbs has spent over (10) years on the retail side of the marine business and the last (19) years in OEM Sales Management with a leading towboat company until his recent resignation in 2016. Mark was recognized for having the top performing territory for many years running as a regional sales manager. “Mark’s vast experience and success in sales and marketing will be instrumental as Centurion and Supreme brands continue to expand market share,” adds Amy Mauzy, VP Sales & Marketing
Mark and his wife Cindy who live in Erie, CO are very excited to join the team at Centurion and Supreme and begin spending time with the dealers. “I have been watching Centurion and Supreme brands in the last year since the purchase by Correct Craft. They have assembled an incredible team of leaders and I wanted to be part of this story. There is something special happening with this company and I want to help any way I can,” said Mark Gibbs.
About Centurion Boats: Centurion boats are rigorously innovated World Championship water sports vessels of dominant performance, ambitious design and inspired craftsmanship achieved through experienced integrity. Leading the water sports towboat industry in innovation and performance since 1976, Centurion Boats was the first to introduce a wake surfing specific towboat and World Championship event based on this sport. Centurion continues to dominate water sports with this rigorous innovation. To learn more about Centurion Boats and its complete product line, visit www.centurionboats.com
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Centurion, Nautique, Supreme, Bass Cat and Yar-Craft boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com
ORLANDO, FL (December 16, 2016) – Nautique is proud to announce the dates and locations for the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour presented by O’Brien. Going into its 12th season, the Big Dawg World Tour is exclusively pulled by the world-record setting Ski Nautique 200.
For the 2017 season, the tour will include 4 qualifying stops around the globe at premier waterski venues as the top 34-mph slalom skiers who are 35+ battle it out for a spot in the Big Dawg World Tour Finals.
Each stop will include two rounds of 34-mph slalom action, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale.
“O'Brien is extremely proud to be once again supporting the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour,” said O’Brien General Manager Pete Surrette. “This has truly become the premier tour for the 34-mph slalom skiers who are over 35,” added Surrette.
“The Nautique Big Dawg World Tour is an incredible showcase for the sport,” stated Nautique President Greg Meloon. “This elite series brings 34-mph skiers from around the world together behind the Ski Nautique 200, and we are very excited to be able to host another season with the support of O’Brien,” Meloon added.
For more information regarding official rules and regulations for the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour please visit nautiquebigdawg.com
Stop #1 - May 13-14 at the Greater Miami Ski Club, Miami, FL USA
Stop #2 - June 10-11 at Ezylake, Rue Pierre Mendes, France
Stop #3 - July 1-2 at the Seseña Waterski Complex, Seseña, Spain
Stop #4 - August 5-6 at the Little Mountain Ski Club, Maiden, NC, USA
Click here to see the protected skiers for the 2017 tour
SKI-IT-AGAIN.COM ... DECEMBER 2016 ANNOUNCEMENTS!
Coming on the heels of the Sugar Sand Jet Boat acquisition, FLOE International’s FLOE CRAFT division has also acquired Gekko Boats, a leading boat designed for the water sports industry.
Along with the acquisition, FLOE is excited to hire Mark Overbye, former CEO of Gekko, as President of the FLOE CRAFT division. Mark brings passion, energy and 30+ years of expertise in the water sports industry. Mark is a nationally ranked slalom competitor. He is the current VP of the USA Water-ski Foundation, has a thorough understanding of the market and will be a great asset to the FLOE CRAFT Team.
This acquisition supports FLOE’s strategic plan to become a major player in the marine industry. FLOE CRAFT currently produces the Afina 3950 which defines a new category in the high-end entertainment yacht segment. The GEKKO acquisition continues FLOE CRAFT’s expansion into growing market categories. In January, FLOE CRAFT will begin production in its newly expanded 120,000 square foot facility.
Wayne Floe, CEO of FLOE International, said “I’m extremely excited about the positive economic impact that this will have on our region and for our dealer network.”
Wayne also shares the same passion for water sports as Mark Overbye. Wayne believes Mark’s addition to FLOE CRAFT will produce creative synergy to develop products focused on a better user experience.
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