Ralph Meloon Inducted into NMMA Hall of Fame
Son of Correct Craft Founder to be Honored During IBEX 2013 Industry Breakfast
Ralph Meloon of Correct Craft will receive the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) highest honor when inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame. Meloon’s career achievements and contributions to the recreational boating industry will be recognized during the 23rd annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) at the show’s annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, September 17 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
The NMMA Hall of Fame was established in 1988 and recognizes individuals who have, or continue to generate, substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. It honors individuals whose names and deeds are synonymous with the pursuit of quality, innovation, and perfection within their respective spheres of expertise.
“Ralph has spent the past 80 years supporting the boating industry through his time at Correct Craft,” said Mark Schwabero, President of Mercury Marine Group of Brunswick Corp. and NMMA chairman. “His work will leave an undeniable legacy and I’m honored to be announcing his induction into the NMMA Hall of Fame.”
Ralph C. Meloon, Sr. was seven years old when his father, W.C. Meloon founded Correct Craft in 1925, and he has spent his life operating, building and selling boats. Today, at age 95, Ralph continues to be instrumental to Correct Craft’s success, promoting boating around the world and helping to build Correct Craft and Nautique as premier brands for water ski and wakeboard enthusiasts worldwide.
Ralph has seen Correct Craft through many challenges and helped it capitalize on numerous opportunities. He helped the company survive the Great Depression by traveling through the eastern United States with his father and brothers, thrilling customers with water toboggans, water skis, aquaplanes and gliders while offering 10 and 25 cent boat rides to pay expenses. During World War II, Correct Craft worked to build 400 storm boats in less than three weeks for the military, earning the company the Army and Navy “E” Award, an honor presented to a company for excellence in production of war equipment.
Ralph held numerous executive positions at Correct Craft including President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. He was named Chairman of the Board in 1975, a position he held until retiring in 2002, and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus. Under Ralph’s leadership, the company developed numerous innovations. Correct Craft was the first boat company to transport boats on trailers rather than train, to include pylons, and incorporate a swim platforms and tracking fins in its boat designs. Under his watch the company established the first water ski team, introduced Ski Nautique water ski boats, Air Nautique wakeboard boats, the Total Wake Control hull and the Smart Pod 2000 dash pod.
During his career, Ralph has visited 85 different nations promoting Correct Craft and boating. While his success overseas is impressive, it is just one of his many contributions. He developed Correct Craft’s Midwest and West Coast territories and in 1994, Ralph, his brother and nephew received the Award of Distinction from the American Water Ski Educational Foundation for their leadership and support of the sport of water skiing.
The 2012 Hall of Fame Award was presented to Phil Dyskow, Immediate Past President of the Yamaha Marine Group Company, during the IBEX event on October 2nd, 2012 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky. NMMA and its Board of Directors would like to congratulate Phil Dyskow on his induction into the NMMA Hall of Fame.
Phil Dyskow is Immediate Past President of the Yamaha Marine Group Company, the unit of Yamaha that markets, sells and distributes Yamaha Outboards in the United States, and operates G3 Boats®, Skeeter Boats® and Performance Propeller Industries, Inc. His career is characterized by successful efforts to increase customer satisfaction while driving remarkable sales growth.
His relationship with Yamaha began in 1975 when he became the first Yamaha boat dealer in the United States. Throughout the 1970s, his dealership grew to become the largest Yamaha boat dealer outside of Japan, offering both Yamaha sail and powerboats. He then joined Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. in 1981 as one of the first employees involved in the initial research, planning and introduction of Yamaha Outboards into the U.S. market.
Dyskow left Yamaha briefly in 1990 to serve as Vice President of Outdoor Technologies Group where he had overall management responsibility over its Fenwick Corporation subsidiary in Huntington Beach, Calif. Under his direction, Fenwick, a world leader in top-quality fishing equipment, won eight different awards for product innovations. In 1993, the National Assn. of Sporting Goods Wholesalers voted Fenwick its Manufacturer of the Year. Also in 1993, Business Week magazine awarded Fenwick its prestigious Industrial Design Excellence Award. Dyskow returned to Yamaha Marine in 1995 as a Vice President. A year later, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and given responsibility for all Marine Group activities.
On Nov. 1, 1997, he was appointed President. During his tenure, Yamaha’s share of the market has grown dramatically, and the company now supplies more than a third of all the outboards sold in the United States. While under Dyskow’s management, Yamaha Outboards have received a number of design and innovation awards from the marine industry and the national media. In addition, Yamaha is the only outboard brand to have earned the NMMA’s® C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Also while under his direction, Skeeter Boats and G3 Boats saw increases in customer satisfaction and sales volume. Both companies are repeat winners of NMMA’s® C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award.
Dyskow retired from the position of President on May 1, 2010. He continues to serve Yamaha as senior advisor to the current Yamaha Marine Group President, Ben Speciale. In addition to the advisory capacity, Dyskow serves on the board of directors for the Center for Coastal Conservation. He was recently appointed to the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), which is responsible for advising the U.S. Coast Guard on developing and promulgating standards and regulations pertaining to the construction of recreational boats. He was also appointed to by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, which advises NOAA on fisheries issues. He is Vice Chairman of the NMMA® Engine Committee.
Active in the community and the marine industry, Dyskow has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif., the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, the American Boating and Yacht Council, and the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Ga. He is an avid sport fisherman.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dyskow is a 1976 graduate of the University of Hawaii. Previously he attended Augsburg College in Minnesota where he received the Gamble Foundation Scholarship in Economics. Currently, he and his wife, Sharon, reside in Marco Island, Florida.