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MBIA Announces Winners of Annual Hall of Fame, Lighthouse Awards

The Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) announced recipients of its annual Hall of Fame and Lighthouse awards during the association’s annual meeting, which took place December 5, 2013 at the Recreational Boating Education Conference held in Lansing, Michigan.

Pat Stevens, owner of Grand Pointe Marina of Dimondale, Michigan, was inducted into the MBIA Hall of Fame. Stevens has been a member of MBIA for more than 36 years and a great contributor to the recreational boating industry. Grand Pointe Marina opened in 1968 and has been a part of Boating Industry’s Top 100 Dealers for several years running.

Additionally, four individuals were recognized with the association’s Lighthouse Award. Josh Gunn of Michigan Sea Grant was honored for his achievements and dedication to the Michigan Clean Marine Program. Bret Marr and Ray Underwood of the lobbying firm Muchmore Harrington Smalley and Associates were recognized for their efforts to achieve passage of a tax break for boat buyers in Michigan who have trade-ins. And Bill Rustem, director of strategy for Gov. Rick Snyder, was honored for his leadership and support of Michigan’s boating industry, including gaining state and federal funding for the dredging of Michigan’s waterways.

For more information, visit mbia.org.

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