Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cobalt Boats Welcomes New President, Terry Clark

 

Cobalt Boats is proud to welcome Terry Clark of Independence, Kansas as company President. Terry was formerly with Textron Aviation, recently formed by the merger of Cessna and Beech Aircraft.  Terry has 25 years of experience in leadership in top-performing manufacturing, sales and service operations in the aviation industry and 10 years of experience in the machining, metal forming and tooling industry. Terry’s experience with performance management systems, productivity maximization, and systems and logistics excellence will further enhance Cobalt’s leadership team.


Clark obtained a Masters of Science degree with an emphasis in manufacturing engineering from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.  He did undergraduate work at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Oklahoma.

During his tenure in the aviation industry, Clark held positions of increasing responsibility to include General Manager of Beech’s Salina facility, General Manager of Cessna’s Columbus, Georgia facility, General Manager of Cessna’s Independence, Kansas, facility and President of CitationAir based out of Greenwich, Connecticut.

Mr. Clark is an active commercial/instrument pilot and resides in Independence with his wife Patti. Their children include daughter Jennifer, of Woodland Park, Colorado, son Ryan, from Tulsa, Oklahoma and their son Ben who works in Independence, Kansas. Terry is also the grandfather of three granddaughters and one grandson. Clark enjoys flying and refurbishing his 1953 Cessna 180 and 1945 J3 Cub from his grass runway near Independence.

On behalf of Cobalt Boats, please share our enthusiasm by welcoming Terry Clark to the family. 

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Industry News | Tags: Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle, Neodesha


Friday, January 23, 2015

Cobalt Boats and Marker One Donate To American Heart Association and Folds of Honor

 

 

Upon completion of the annual dealer meeting held this past fall at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, Cobalt Boats and Marker One were able to make two generous charity donations to the American Heart Association and Folds of Honor.

During the extensive weeklong training session, dealers, vendors and associates came together to participate in the annual Fun Run/Walk. This special get-together was originated by George Muffick, Northeast Regional Sales Manager of Cobalt Boats and Marker One. Muffick won his battle against cancer in 2008 and wanted to rally the Fun Run/Walk and donate the proceeds to a charitable cause. “Now in its 7th year, the Fun Run/Walk is an event we all look forward to at the dealer meeting. It’s a time to put down the books and get outside and raise money for a great cause,” says Muffick. 




















In addition to the annual Fun Run/Walk, participants from the dealer meeting also came together for a Silent Auction. Dealers were able to bid on their favorite teams in hope to choose the winners of the run. The auction also featured a commemorative etched bottle of Cobalt wine showcasing the American Flag from Sherwin Family Vineyards. The striking hand-etched, painted bottle adorned the words “In God We Trust” and “United We Stand”. The back of the bottle also states that it was proudly created “in remembrance of those lost on September 11, 2001”. Mike Tutor from Marine Sales of Pickwick was the winner of the beautiful commemorative bottle with a notable and especially appropriate bid of $9,110, symbolic of the September 11th historical event. Soon, a check will be sent to the American Heart Association in the amount of $15,360. In addition, Cobalt dealer, German Brothers donated $750 to the Folds of Honor program.


Cobalt Boats and Marker One again want to thank each of our dealers who participated in the philanthropic activities. “We are especially thankful for our very generous group of dealers, and we are pleased to report that the winners have all donated their "winnings" back as donations,” reports Gavan Hunt, VP of Sales and Marketing.  “We are also looking forward to donating to the Folds of Honor Program this year through our flagpole initiative. As of January 1, 2015, for each flagpole sold, we will donate the proceeds to this wonderful organization in honor of those who have fought for our country.” 

To learn more about the Cobalt Flag Initiative and the Folds of Honor Program, please visit www.cobaltboats.com. 

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Lifestyle | Tags: Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle, Neodesha


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cobalt unveils Marker One pontoon, honors top dealers


 

More than 400 Cobalt Boats dealer participants from across the US, Canada, and other International locations traveled to The Chateau on the Lake Resort and Spa on Table Rock Lake in Missouri as the company unveiled its 2015 boats, including its entry into the pontoon market, the Marker One.

“We are fortunate to have almost 100% attendance from our dealer partners and we appreciate them taking a few days out of their schedules to attend our meeting,” said Paxson St. Clair, CEO of Cobalt Boats. “We would like to thank our host, The Harbor Marina. The Harbor owns multiple marinas on Table Rock Lake including the Chateau Marina providing a perfect venue for Cobalt. This year we welcomed not only a huge percentage of our domestic dealers, but were pleased to have dealers from Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Latin America. The meeting was the world premiere of three new Cobalt models and two new Marker One Platform Series models. Our dealer partners are enthusiastic about the prospects of the upcoming selling season including the addition of the Marker One brand.”

See below for a video on the Marker One.

Cobalt also recognized its top dealers with several awards.

The Top Ten awards are based on a combination of the CSI score and annual sales volume. The World’s Largest Cobalt Dealer and the number one spot in the Top Ten Dealer awards, for the third year in a row, went to Singleton Marine Group, Buford, Georgia. Singleton Marine Group is a family owned business and has been a Cobalt dealer since the 1996 model year.

The remaining Top Ten Dealer awards:

  • Arrowhead Yacht Club & Boats Sales
  • Parks Marina
  • Gordy’s Marina
  • Premier Marine
  • Village Marina
  • Boats by George
  • Seattle Boat Company
  • Slalom Shop
  • Walker’s Point Marina

Cobalt recognized SportBas from Chile as the Top International Dealer worldwide.

Also honored were the Customer Satisfaction Award recipients. Independent of sales volume and based solely on CSI scores, dealers must achieve a Net Promoter Score of 75 percent or above, out of a possible 100, in the last quarter of the model year. Cobalt recognized 72 percent of the dealer organization, 28 of which maintained a perfect score of 100.

Each year a single dealership receives an award which represents a special effort to ensure customer satisfaction and as a result, increases their CSI score. The 2014 Most Improved CSI Award was presented to Boulder Boats in Las Vegas, NV.

The top CSI honors for the Central Sales Region was also the Worldwide CSI Award winner achieving a 100% score for the second year in a row. This award was presented to Gordy’s Lakefront Marina, Lake Geneva, WI.

The Western Region CSI honors went to David’s Sport Center in Oklahoma City, OK.

The South Eastern Region CSI Award was presented to Rambo Marine, Hazel Green, AL.

The North Eastern CSI Award was presented to Modern Marine, Nashville, TN.

The Regional CSI Award for International dealers went to Boote Pfister in Germany.

Rookie of the Year Award is given to the first year dealer with top ranking sales. The 2014 award was awarded to Top Notch Marine, Pompano Beach, Florida.

 

  Categories: Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats


Friday, September 21, 2012

Cobalt Enthusiasm

 

The rains have finally come to Neodesha, Kansas.  After fifty-plus days above a hundred degrees Fahrenheit, we’ve become a bit philosophical. About our work. About its obligations and its rewards.

We’ve been thinking about you.

We believe in thoughtful fanaticism.  We value enthusiasm in the pursuit of personal and collective standards of performance determined by the specific, identifiable needs and wishes of our customers.  We understand the particular relationship between boats and their owners, the deeply personal nature of a product whose principal function is to introduce families to boating.  The big abstractions matter: “quality,” “innovation,” “service,”.

But we understand that the such words find meaning in the ten thousand daily completions of small, carefully defined tasks.  Quality begins in the integrity of a wiring circuit.  Innovation is subsumed in the first flicker of an idea for a better brace for a windshield.  Service is a phone call.

We build boats so that your expectations are established after the first ride in your new boat.  Boating is visceral.  It’s adrenalyzed, physical, full of sensations felt, first, in the middle of one’s chest.  And so Cobalt builds boats that thump, subtly sometimes, but thumping nonetheless, full of your family’s best feelings about yourselves and your time together.

Cobalt builds boats for families and for friends. In the realization of individual dreams we find a corporate identity. Cobalt boats have become timeless in the terms that make them uniquely valuable: first the integrity and then the skills of our associates.  To the degree that the people of Cobalt anticipate your needs, your wishes, we will succeed.

 

  Categories: Customer Service, Lifestyle | Tags: Boat Dealers, Family Boating, Luxury Boat, New Boat


Thursday, January 05, 2012

The Heart of Cobalt

 

My collegiate degrees equipped me, vocationally, to teach.  So when I left education, I fell soon into plant tours, the mandatory safety glasses robbing me of IQ points I could not afford to lose. These walks around factories were congenial and informative, and I enjoyed them, even at the end of my nine years of writing corporate profiles for the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce. Then, on my own, a fledgling freelancer down in Neodesha, Kansas I walked through a gigantic metal building involving “the best boat builders in the world.” Or so the sign said.

My guide was a young man, a very young man, the owner’s son I understood.  Ouch.  “Get ready for some hard looks,” I thought.  “A little resentment bouncing around here,” I expected.  “Nothing like watching people work for the richest kid in town.”

And you know, it just goes to show how wrong you can be.

I spent a couple of hours with this smiling, laughing, happy guy named Paxson St. Clair, and he knew everyone working in that plant.  And they knew him.  Thirty minutes would have delivered the necessary information, an overall impression of the Cobalt manufacturing facility, but we needed an extra hour or so just to stop and visit, to say hey to essentially every Cobalt associate in the plant that day.

My presumptions made me feel small and silly, stereotypes beside the point in personal interaction built around respect and affection and loyalty, each to each.  We were walking in the very back of the plant, and Paxson stopped to talk to a man, late middle-aged but erect and strong, he too hooting with the boss’ son. This old gentleman took me by the arm, led me a few steps away, and he said, “You need to understand that I’d lay down my life for Pack St. Clair.”  [Paxson’s dad, Cobalt’s founder, now retired]

The Chamber of Commerce had not prepared me for self-sacrifice of any sort, certainly not on this order of magnitude.  But this man’s gentle and inescapable hold on my arm told me that most surely his words were heartfelt.  Actionable and certain, fully intended in the way that only the very best friendships can produce.  For twenty years now Cobalt Boats has shown me that molds were made, even the five-part jobbies used on the A-Series boats, to be broken.  And then built back better than before.

 

  Categories: Customer Service, Lifestyle | Tags: Boat Builders, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Luxury Boat, Neodesha


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