By Brianna Liestman
Women Making Waves is Boating Industry’s effort to recognize the numerous women in the boating industry who have made large contributions to its success, propelled its growth and led their organizations into the future. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year award, which is as appropriate a time as any to give these women the credit they deserve.
Choosing women to highlight was no easy feat; there are so many women doing incredible work that the pages don’t offer enough space to honor them all. However, the women selected in these pages have worked tirelessly in their marine industry niche and have accomplished so much — no matter how long or short their tenure. Women profiled were selected through editorial evaluation by the Boating Industry staff and recommendations from marine industry professionals.
Here they are, the 24 Women Making Waves as selected by Boating Industry.
Director of Sales and Marketing, Freedom Boat Club
Senior Vice President, Chaparral and Robalo Boats
Export Development Director, National Marine Manufacturers Association
Margaret Bonds Podlich
President, Grady-White Boats
Vice President of Marketing, Dominion Marine Media
Director of Service and Restaurant Operations, Gordy’s Lakefront Marine and Gordy’s Boat House
Paulee Coughlin Day
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Assistant Secretary, MarineMax, Inc.
Executive Director, National Marine Distributors Association
IBEX Show Director, IBEX LLC
President, Sea Tow Services International; President – Board of Directors, Sea Tow Foundation
Owner/Vice President, BMC Boats
Chief Operating Officer, SeaDek Marine Products
Wanda Kenton Smith
Chief Marketing Officer, Freedom Boat Club; President, Kenton Smith Marketing
Vice President – Marine Sales, Volvo Penta of the Americas, LLC
President, Regulator Marine, Inc.
President, Premier Marine, Inc.
Marketing Director and Buyer, Parks Marina
Amanda Rodriguez Levandowski
Chief Operating Officer, Sales, Charlotte Ski Boats
Business Leader & Co-Founder, SureShade
Co-Owner/Vice President, Colorado Boat Center
Vice President, Federal and Legal Affairs, National Marine Manufacturers Association
Vice President, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas