BoatUS President Named 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year


BoatUS president Margaret Podlich was recently named the 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year. The award is presented annually to an outstanding woman in the marine industry.

“To be in the select group of women who have received this award before me — who build, sell, service and provide ‘homes’ to the boats that are critical to our half-million members — is very humbling,” says Podlich.

The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award demonstrates leadership and commitment to the boating business. Recipients also must show a willingness to volunteer their time and effort in their communities.

“Margaret’s passion for boating is evident in all she pursues, and she directly translates that passion into action that ensures safe and available boating access for all boaters,” says 2007 award winner, Marcia Kull, vice president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “She promotes and protects boating on both a national and regional basis, and works with a wide variety of stakeholders to solve issues facing the boating community tirelessly and enthusiastically.”