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
Friday, November 21, 2014
Cobalt Dealers lead the way at Boating Industry’s Top 100 Boat Dealers in North America
Boating Industry announced the 10th annual list of Top 100 dealers in North America in Orlando last week. The black-tie event brought in dealers from across the country in anticipation for the most prestigious dealer awards in the industry. Cobalt Boats is proud to announce that Gordy’s Lakefront Marine in Fontana, Wisconsin was selected as the number one dealer in North America.
A composition of financial performance and growth, dedication to customer service and creative marketing strategy make Gordy’s an industry leader in today’s market. “Their commitment to Cobalt Boats is unwavering and they continue to play a leadership role in our dealer network,” says Gavan Hunt, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The team at Gordy’s consistently ‘Wows’ their customers with 100% customer satisfaction. Their winning attitude and phenomenal team spirit drive success in everything they do.”
Team Gordy’s, along with all the other Cobalt dealers who received awards, were treated to a pre-gala toast which included Cobalt wine. In addition to the award, each dealer was presented with an engraved Cobalt wine bottle to celebrate their accomplishments. A special celebratory flyover was also arranged for the team at Gordy’s in recognition of their hard work and achievements this year.
Cobalt Boats would also like to applaud several other dealers who were recognized at the Top 100 event. In the Top 10, five Cobalt dealers were awarded honors, which included #3 Singleton, #5 Seattle Boat Company, #6 Parks Marina and #7 Strong’s Marine. Rounding out the Top 20, Cobalt dealers awarded included #15 Hagadone Marine Group and #17 Action Water Sports. In addition, Legendary Marine, the 2012 and 2013 Dealer of the Year, was inducted into the Top 100 Hall of Fame.
Below are the remaining Cobalt dealerships recognized as Top 100 dealers.
Boat Town, Austin, Texas
Candlewood East Marina, Brookfield, Conn.
Causeway Marine Sales, Manahawkin, N.J.
Cleveland Boat Center, Cleveland, Tenn.
Futrell Marine, Nashville, Ark.
Hoffmaster’s Marina, Woodbridge, Va.
Lake Viking Marine, Gallatin, Mo.
Lodder’s Marine, Fairfield, Ohio
Marine Sales of Pickwick & Kentuckiana, Counce, Tenn.
Paris Marine, Selwyn, Ontario
Rambo Marine, Hazel Green, Ala.
Rayburns Marine, Kelowna, British Columbia
Slalom Shop Boats & Yachts, Lewisville, Texas
Starboard Marinas/The Harbor, Branson, Mo.
The Boat Shop, Tafton, Pa.
To see a full list of the award recipients, go to http://www.boatingindustry.com/top-100/top-100-dealers/.
Congratulations to all the dealers from the Cobalt family in Neodesha and thank you for what you do to make our company successful!
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats
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:
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
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Cobalt Boats Premiers A40 at Miami Boat Show
Cobalt Boats recently attended the Miami Boat Show in Florida February 13-17, 2014, to premier the highly anticipated A40. The Miami Boat Show is recognized as the world’s premier boat show, with more 2,000 exhibitors spanning across three locations. Cobalt dealers and invited guests from across the globe traveled to the show to take part in the event.
The event provided the opportunity for participants to experience the exhilarating performance of the A40 and get behind the wheel for demonstration cruises throughout the show. The demos were led by Cobalt and Volvo Penta representatives, as the featured A40 was equipped with Volvo D6 Diesel stern drives.
Cobalt held a reception featuring an exclusive tasting of Cobalt Wine. The event was hosted by Pack St. Clair, Founder and Paxson St. Clair, CEO at the Marriot Biscayne Bay. “The A40 premier at the Miami Boat Show was an instant success,” said Gavan Hunt, VP of Sales and Marketing. “The A40’s agile performance and sleek, elegant profile spoke for itself. Our customers and dealer partners were very pleased with the premier. Our dealers have staked the claim that the A40 is the ultimate day boat, and the team at Cobalt is thrilled with the initial demands of this new model.”
The A40 is a sport yacht that combines the needs of luxury day boating with the demands for a weekend aboard. Below deck, the twin dual propeller gas or diesel stern drives provide instantaneous on plane times with speeds approaching 50 mph. The available Volvo joystick and Mercury Axius control pods allow for pinpoint docking accuracy.
The cockpit features a hydraulic swim platform, stainless trimmed hard top, convertible island sun pad, outdoor galley with fridge, and a profiled frameless style windshield. The technologically advanced helm features a Garmin glass cockpit with dual 12" touch screen GPS multi-function gauges providing intuitive response to the captain’s demands.
The A40 is a custom production model available through the Cobalt Dealer Network worldwide. The Cobalt A40 is now in production and has sold through July 2014. To learn more about this new model, visit the A40 webpage here.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events, Videos | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boating Industry, Cuddy , Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, New Boat, Runabout
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Awarded to Gordy's Boats Associate
It is with great pleasure and excitement that Cobalt Boats congratulates Rallee Whowell-Chupich from Gordy’s Boats, who was recognized for her lifelong commitment to customer care and excellence in the marine industry. The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year award was presented to Whowell at the Marine Dealer Conference.
The award is in honor of the late Darlene Briggs, of Wayzata, Minn., who was admired for her tireless dedication to the marine industry. To honor her memory, the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year award was founded in 1987. It is presented annually to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry at any level. It recognizes "long and devoted service, untiring commitment, and the advancement of women in the marine business."
Each woman who applies has to be nominated by either her dealership or affiliate. These nominated women are active in the marine industry either from manufacturing or retail, but also active in the industry and local community. Family and personal accomplishments are also of key importance.
Once nominated, the application is completed and submitted to the selection committee. The recipient is recognized at the Marine Dealer Conference at a luncheon and presented an award and a monetary gift for further education.
This is a highly sought after award for active women in the industry and Cobalt Boats congratulates Whowell on this monumental achievement. We would like to recognize that the award was passed from the 2012 Woman of the Year, Cobalt’s own Debbie Meigs. Debbie has been a loyal and amazing Cobalt associate for 40 years, and is a customer care specialist. Cobalt congratulates these women for being the best of the best, and we look forward to carrying on Cobalt’s tradition of excellence for many years to come.
Categories: Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events | Tags: Boat Dealers
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