The USSA Annual Meeting presented by Engineered Yacht Solutions and MarineMax heralded a record number of attendees with a sold-out crowd of 450 as the association celebrated 16 years of supporting the superyacht industry with highlights of the latest industry trends, industry data and global updates as well as featuring a key-note address from W. Brett McGill, President & CEO of MarineMax. Mr. McGill provided an update on the quality brands and the value of customer service. He also discussed the company’s recent acquisitions, as well as the current trends being witnessed in the industry.
The highlight of the Annual Meeting, is the presentation of awards recognizing leaders for their excellence and industry impact: Golden Compass Award: Paul Derecktor, Derecktor Shipyard; Beacon Award: Michael Moore, Moore & Company; Chair’s Award: Toni Hemming-Barber, BlueWater Books & Charts; Young Industry Leader: Sarrah Hearne, Bradford Marine and the inaugural winner of the newly created Gertrude Denision “Woman of the Year in Yachting” Award: Rose Damen of Damen Yachts. These winners exemplify the true essence of the award they received and recognized their tremendous impact on the superyacht industry.