Boating Industry

October 2016

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Page 5 of 67 6 | Boating Industry | October 2016 AT THE HELM JONATHAN SWEET Boating Industry EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Jonathan Sweet ( SENIOR EDITOR: Liz Keener ( MANAGING EDITOR: Brianna Liestman ( ASSOCIATE DIGITAL PRODUCTION EDITOR: Shauna Spencer ( MANAGING ART DIRECTOR: Dodi Vessels PRODUCTION ARTIST: Kelsey Houle ( PRODUCTION MANAGER: Angela Schmieg PRODUCTION DIRECTOR: Cherri Perschmann NATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR: Kathy Johnson 763-383-4409 ( SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER, EAST: Chris Pelikan 763-383-4408 ( CEO: Marion Minor SR. VICE PRESIDENT/FINANCE & OPERATIONS: Gerald Winkel SR. VICE PRESIDENT/MARKET DEVELOPMENT: Joanne Juda-Prainito VICE PRESIDENT/MARINE, POWERSPORTS, BEVERAGE: Amy Collins SALES OPERATIONS MANAGER: Bernadette Wohlman BOATING INDUSTRY (ISSN #1543-4400) is published monthly; except combined June/July, August/September and October/November – by EPG Media & Specialty Information, 10405 6th Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55441. Periodicals postage paid at St. Paul, MN and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Boating Industry, P.O. Box 2123, Skokie, IL 60076-7823. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: Free to qualified members of the boating industry. Annual subscription rate is $99 per year for U.S., Mexican and Canadian residents and $149 for residents in other countries. All paid subscriptions must be paid in advance and in U.S. funds only. CUSTOMER SERVICE: Visit, call (847) 513-6025, email or write to Boating Industry, P.O. Box 2123, Skokie, IL 60076-7823. EDITORIAL: All manuscripts, materials, photographs and artwork submitted are at mailer's risk and must include self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for return. No responsibility will be assumed for unsolicited materials. Boating Industry is a registered trademark of EPG Media & Specialty Information. © 2016 by EPG Media & Specialty Information. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited unless expressly authorized by publisher. For more information on e-prints or reprints from Boating Industry, contact Bernadette Wohlman, (763) 383-4400 x4464 Printed in U.S.A. Member of Awards I'VE TAKEN SEVERAL TRIPS visiting manufacturers and dealers this summer and keep hearing one recurring complaint: We can't find enough help. There may not be a bigger challenge facing the industry today than the labor shortage. While the problem first reared its head years ago, the recession pushed it to the sideline for many years. Now, as sales have recovered over the last few years, the lack of qualified personnel – especially in manufacturing and service – has returned as a problem for many companies. There are a number of efforts underway to find solutions – which we'll write about in more detail in an upcoming issue – but we're also trying to help address the issue. In cooperation with several trade associations, Boating Industry is launching the Marine Industry Career Network. The new interactive career center can be reached at With its focus on marine industry companies, the career center offers the marine industry an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections. Besides Boating Industry, the Marine Industry Career Network includes the American Boat and Yacht Council, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the National Marine Distributors Association. Each individual group will host a career center that will then feed into the larger network, delivering the industry's widest audience for employers and job seekers. Unlike other online career sites, the MICN was built exclusively for professionals working within the marine industry to provide an effective online recruitment method on a single network. Employers can post jobs online, search for candidates based on specific job criteria and create an online resume agent to email candidates with matching profiles daily. For job seekers, the career center is a free service that provides access to employers and jobs in the marine industry. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse and view available jobs based on their needs and save those jobs for later review, if they choose. Job seekers can also create a search agent to provide email notifications of opportunities that match their requirements. It's about connecting those looking for jobs to those who need help. By partnering together, we believe our groups can reach a much larger audience – and provide a more valuable service – than any other site out there. We'll also be addressing the labor shortage with some of our programming at the 2016 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, produced by Boating Industry and MRAA. You can find more about those options at Tackling the labor shortage

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