July 2006

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NMMA Now Accepting Nominations For 2006 Alan J. Freedman Award

Freedman AwardCHICAGO — 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 www.nmma.org.

"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 www.nmma.org.

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  jilg@nmma.org.

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