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.

2002: Lew Haeck, Attwood Corporation

Lew Haeck

Mr. Haeck has served two terms for a total of six years on NMMA’s Accessory Manufacturer Division Board along with chairing that Board for two years. He also has served on the NMMA Board and was NMMA Chairman from 1995 to 1997.

During his time as Chairman, he was instrumental in bringing about the new consolidated format of the three divisions that make up NMMA.

Lew has been a stalwart supporter of the boating industry, the accessory business and NMMA since arriving at Attwood in the sales and marketing area. He became Vice President of Operations in 1979, Senior Vice President in 1990, President and COO in 1993, and President and CEO in 1999.