CHICAGO — The National Marine
Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is currently accepting
nominations for the 23rd Annual Alan J.
Freedman Memorial Leadership Award.
The award, which is sponsored by NMMA’s Accessory
Manufacturers Division (AMD) Board of Directors, honors
the memory of Freedman, a former NMMA Shows Committee
chairman and active association member who helped found
the association in 1979. It will be presented this year
during the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition &
Conference, taking place Nov. 1-3 in Miami.
The Freedman Award recognizes an individual who has
made outstanding contributions to the marine industry
through leadership, creativity, and personal motivation.
Recent past recipients of the award include James W.
Taylor, Taylor Made Group Inc. (2005); Bob Selig, Davis
Instruments (2004), and Fred Kegelmeyer, Brunger Export
Company (2003). A complete list of past Freedman Award
winners is available online at
"This award is the highest possible honor to bestow
on a member of the marine accessories community," says
Rick Russell, director of Anderson Marine Division in
Grandview, Missouri, and chairman of NMMA’s AMD Board.
"To be recognized with this honor is a sign of
significant achievement in this industry."
Any member of the marine industry may nominate
someone for this honor. Candidates for nomination
include accessory manufacturers, representatives,
members of the media, dealers, distributors or
association staff persons. The deadline for this year’s
Freedman nominations is Sept. 29, and a nomination form
is available for download on
The 2006 recipient will receive his or her award on
Nov. 3, during the IBEX Industry Awards Breakfast. For
more information, or to fill out a nomination form
online, visit www.nmma.org
and click the "Freedman Award" link on NMMA’s homepage,
or contact Janice at (312) 946-6271 or