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MEL BARR AWARD PRESENTED TO RON BAILEY
The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) presented its 2015 Mel Barr Award to Ron Bailey, vice president of sales and marketing at Turning Point Propellers. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the improvement of the industry and is named in the memory of marine rep Mel Barr, one of the founders of NMRA and its first president. Jonathan Sweet, editor-in-chief of Boating Industry magazine, and NMRA incoming president Rob Gueterman made the presentation at the 2015 IBEX Industry Awards Breakfast in Louisville, Kentucky.
Bailey began his career in the industry in 1980 at Hoffert Marine. In 2008, he joined Turning Point Propellers as its sales and marketing manager and within one year was named vice president.
A long-time proponent of independent marine reps and the NMRA, Bailey is actively involved in the marine industry. On his second NMMA AMD board term, he serves on the IBEX show committee and is part of the NMMA's political action committee.
"A tireless advocate for the marine industry, Ron is well-respected by all who are fortunate to interact with him," said Sweet during the presentation. "He has an infectious sense of humor and truly enjoys the industry and those who work in it."