Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award

Recipients of the NMMA Freedman Award are individuals who, in the course of their careers, have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity, and personal motivation.  The following are the categories for consideration:
• Marine aftermarket or OEM manufacturer
• Marine representative
• Member of a marine-focused media
• Boat dealer
• Marine distributor
• Marine trade association staff person


To nominate an individual, please complete and submit the formal application to Rachel Harmon.

Once the application is submitted, a nomination folder will be created via Dropbox. Supporting documentation, images or letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the nominator no later than December 7, 2018.


The 2019 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award will be presented at the Miami International Boat Show on Friday, February 15th, 2019 during the Innovation Breakfast.


Contact: Rachel Harmon
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Nomination
231 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2050
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312.946.6247


View past recipients of this prestigious award.

1998: Allen Freeman, Spartan Products

Allen Freeman

The 1997 recipient of the Alan Freedman award was Allen Freeman of Spartan Products, trailer manufacturers of the Spartan and Gator brands.

“For close to 40 years, Allen with his brothers, Arthur and Earl, have built a reputable family business which has taken a leadership roll in trailer design, safety and certification,” said Accessory manufacturing division chairman Ken Garelick, in presenting the Award. “The Freeman’s support of and time devoted to our industry and its issues are — unquestionably — exceptional. He is involved and effective.”