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
Nominations to the 2024 awards program are open through November 1, 2023.
To nominate a worthy industry leader:
- Nominators must belong to a member company and be in good standing with NMMA.
- Submit the official nomination form.
- Submit supporting material to enhance the nomination. Supporting material includes, but not limited to; an enhanced career timeline and accomplishments, articles about the nominee and letters of support. Supporting materials should be received digitally through the provided file share link by the entry deadline.
Nominators will be notified of award status in January 2024.
The 2024 Alan J. Freedman Award will be presented during the Miami Industry Breakfast on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Tickets are required for entry.
Contact Kelly Kaylor at [email protected].
2023: Matt Bridgewater, Gemlux
2022: Greg Lentine, NorCross Marine Products
2021: Will Keene, Edson International
2020: Bill Watters, Syntec Industries
2019: John H. Thommen, Ocean Marketing
2018: Giuseppe Carnevali, Navionics
2017: Frank Marciano, Dometic Americas
2016: Ken and Rick Garelick, Garelick Manufacturing Co.
2014: Scott M. Lewit, Structural Composites, Inc. and COMPSYS, Inc.
2012: Bob Long, Marine Concepts
2011: Ed McKiernan, Dometic Corporation
2008: David Blackburn, Faria Marine Instruments
2007: Bob Latham, Latham Marine, Inc.
2006: George Bellwoar, Perko, Inc.
2005: James W. Taylor, Taylor Made Group
2004: Robert W. Selig, Davis Instruments
2003: Fred Kegelmeyer, Brunger Export Co.
2002: Lew Haeck, Attwood Corporation
2001: L. Jeremy Crews, Marine Development Corporation
2000: Byron L. Godbersen, Midwest Industries
1999: Joseph G. Miller, William F. Miller Agency
1998: Allen Freeman, Spartan Products
1997: Darrell Lowrance, Lowrance Electronics, Inc.
1996: Thomas H. Lorenz, Sr., Lorenz & Jones, Inc.
1995: Bette Kelly, National Marine Distributors Association
1994: Marvin S. Perkins, Perko, Inc.
1993: S.M. "Bud" Osgood, S.M. Osgood Co.
1992: Bill Taylor, Nelson A. Taylor Co., Inc.
1991: Carl Spiegel, Marine Development & Research Corp.
1990: Charles "Jeep" Quire, Wellington Leisure Products
1989: Charles A. Jones, Boating Industry Magazine
1988: Arthur Bretnall Sr., Raritan Engineering Co., Inc.
1987: Herbert Vandermey, Michigan Wheel Corp.
1986: Saul Garelick, Garelick Manufacturing Co.
1985: Larry Snyder, Tempo Products Co.
1984 Inaugural Alan J. Freedman Award Recipient: Don Rocheleau, Attwood Corporation