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 2025 awards program will open Summer 2024.

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 2025.


The 2025 Alan J. Freedman Award will be presented during the Miami Industry Breakfast at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Tickets are required for entry.


Contact: Rachel Harmon
Email: [email protected]


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.”