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 2022 program will open for acceptance Fall 2021.
2004: Robert W. Selig, Davis Instruments
Robert W. Selig
NMMA honored the president of Davis Instruments with the Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. Bob Selig received the award at the IBEX Industry Breakfast on Wednesday, October 27 2004 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
NMMA’s Accessory Manufacturers Division (AMD) introduced the Freedman Award in 1984 to recognize individuals who, in the course of their careers, have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation.
Selig has been deeply committed to the marine industry since 1969, the year he and his partner Jim Acquistapace purchased Davis Instruments, now located in Hayward, California. Over the years, the company has grown into an international manufacturer of boating and navigational products, on-board vehicle computers, automotive aftermarket and OEM accessories, as well as state-of-the art computer weather stations used by agriculture, government, commercial and industrial installations. Davis Instruments currently produces more than 500 products across three business sectors.
“Bob Selig is a most deserving recipient of this award. I am pleased that the board has recognized his many contributions” says George Bellwoar, vice president of Marketing at Perko, Inc. and chairman of the AMD board. “I have worked with Bob for a number of years on the AMD board, the NMMA board and numerous committees. He is a great example of true industry leadership. He has volunteered much of his free time to help improve our industry. He continually supports industry programs that advance recreational boating, and his passion for our industry is unequivocal.”
Since the purchase of Davis Instruments, Selig has represented the company at every NMMA trade show and at NMMA’s major consumer boat shows. In 1991, he assumed an official leadership role when he joined the board of directors for Sail America, where he served as Treasurer.
Selig has served on NMMA’s AMD board since 1995, including a two-year term as the AMD chair. He has also been a member of the NMMA board of directors since 1996, serving on its executive committee, and currently as the group’s vice-chairman.
His efforts have been recognized by the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA), which awarded him the Mel Barr Award in 1997, and by West Marine, which recognized Selig in 1998 with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Marine Industry.