RNO Wins Prestigious National Boating Safety Award!

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
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Regal & Nautique of Orlando was one of eight organizations nationwide distinguished by the Sea Tow Foundation as a winner of the National Boating Safety Awards which recognizes the best work of companies in the recreational boating industry for their outstanding promotion of boating safety. RNO’s integrated boating safety and marketing campaign earned accolades and won as the BEST MARINE RETAILER in America.  

“Since our founding, RNO has always been focused on boating safety and we appreciate the recognition by our peers for our ongoing commitment and work in this important area,” said RNO GM Jeff Husby. “One of our longstanding goals is to support our customers and to do everything we can to educate and keep customers safe on our waterways.” 

In announcing RNO’s win, Sea Tow Foundation Executive Director Gail Kulp said, “The top marine retailer winner, Regal & Nautique of Orlando, put together a comprehensive plan of how to include boating safety information through multiple touch points all year long. From sending emails to customers and creating social media posts, to producing podcasts, local events, blog posts and professionally shot videos, their efforts showed true buy-in from the dealership on the importance of boating safety.” 

According to Kulp, this year’s competition drew a record number of entries. The 2023 Winner’s Circle includes:  

Top Marine Retailer: Regal & Nautique of Orlando 

Top Marine Manufacturer: Yamaha 

Top Marine Gear and Equipment Manufacturer: Garmin International  

Top Marine Media Outlet: Bonnier Corporation

Top Marine Public Relations and Marketing Efforts: Boston Whaler 

Top Marine Social Media Influencer: Boat Safe Chicago   

Top Marine Trade Association: Water Sports Industry Association  

Top Community Boating Education Program: Boat Safe Chicago  

Honorable Mention Marine Retailer: Marine Max  

“These remarkable winners have demonstrated a commitment to raising the bar for safety, innovation and excellence in the boating industry,” concluded Kulp. “Their achievements reflect not only their individual efforts but also their contributions to making our waters safer for all.” 

RNO Chief Marketing Officer Wanda Kenton Smith was on site at the IBEX Conference in Tampa to accept the National Boating Safety Award for Top Marine Retailer from Sea Tow Foundation Executive Director Gail Kulp.

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