MarineMax’s Steve Gale Returns to Pier 66 as Store Manager

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., (April 17, 2016) – MarineMax, the nation’s largest and most trusted recreational boat and yacht retailer, announced today that Steve Gale has returned to MarineMax Pier 66 as the Store Manager. Gale had been with MarineMax Pier 66 from 2001 through 2007 when he moved to the MarineMax Stuart facility successfully managing and guiding the store through the recent economic downturn and recovery. He now returns to the east coast’s exclusive Ocean Alexander dealer as Store Manager.

“This is a real pleasure and rare privilege to be able to return to Pier 66, one of the nation’s great yacht havens,” declared Gale. “In addition to offering the fabulous Ocean Alexander lineup, MarineMax Pier 66 will have access to the Sea Ray L-Class luxury yachts, as well as fantastic Italian beauties from Azimut/Benetti.”

MarineMax Pier 66 is located on the northeast corner of the 17th Street causeway on the Intracoastal Waterway. The marina has recently completed a $20 million renovation.

For more information contact Pamela Arteaga by emailing to pamela.arteaga@marinemax.com or call 954-779-1905.

MarineMax Clearwater Expands Their Commitment to the Tampa Bay Boat Show

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CLEARWATER, Fla., (May 16, 2016) – MarineMax Clearwater announced today that they will be expanding their footprint at the Tampa Bay Boat Show May 20 – 22, 2016, featuring a larger booth and displaying more and larger boats.

“We are excited to have more space to display the many brand-new models that have just arrived,” stated Jack Ezzell, MarineMax Clearwater General Manager. “Some of the new models include the recently introduced Sea Pro 208 and 228 Bay Series models. And, we have several more models on their way. Best of all, these premium boats are exceptionally well priced.”

Along with the “Next Wave” of Sea Pro, the MarineMax display will include larger boats from Sea Ray and Boston Whaler as well as the Scarab 165 and 215 Jet Boats. At the show MarineMax will feature the Sea Ray 19 SPX outboard and the Sea Ray 260 Sundancer. MarineMax Clearwater also offers boats from Sailfish, Nautique, Galeon Yachts, Azimut, Ocean Alexander, Hatteras, Aquila Power Cats and Harris Pontoons.

Presented and produced by Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Boat Show is at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa, FL 33610. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Hours are Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“This is a very popular show. To avoid the lines and to receive the personal attention you deserve, call ahead and make an appointment with a MarineMax sales consultant to tour the boat that fits your boating passion,” concluded Ezzell.

For more information or to make an appointment, call Diana De Carvalho at 727-536-2628 or email diana.decarvalho@marinemax.com.

MarineMax Expands into the Palm Beach Area

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CLEARWATER, Fla., (May 3, 2016) – MarineMax, the nation’s largest and most trusted recreational boat and yacht retailer, announced today that they are celebrating opening a new location at the PGA Marina in Palm Beach Gardens. A Grand Opening event will be held May 21, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public at the new waterfront location.

“Join us for an incredible afternoon of exquisite boats, live music, light fare and cocktails on the water,” said Paul Cummings, MarineMax Regional President. “You will have the chance to preview the latest from Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Azimut, Galeon and Scout Boats. These dream machines provide a combination of exceptional comfort and performance unmatched by other boats in their class. Celebrate with us the boating lifestyle!”

MarineMax Palm Beach at PGA Marina is conveniently located at 2361 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, on the Intracoastal Waterway between the Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets.

For more information contact Corey O’Kelley or Kyle Roney by emailing to corey.okelley@marinemax.com or kyle.roney@marinemax.com or call 561-494-7267.

MarineMax Kent Narrow Changes Name and Location

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STEVENSVILLE, Md., (April 25, 2016) – MarineMax Kent Narrows announced today that they are changing locations from their present facility in Grasonville to the Bay Bridge Marina in Stevensville, Maryland. Moving forward the new location will be known as MarineMax at Bay Bridge Marina. The new address is 337 Pier One Road, Stevensville, Maryland 21666. Phone numbers will remain the same.

“We are excited about our move to the Bay Bridge Marina. We are changing locations to better serve our customers. The marina is conveniently located at the base of the Bay Bridge on Kent Island only minutes from Annapolis and Baltimore,” explained TJ Rose MarineMax at Bay Bridge Marina Store Manager.

The Bay Bridge Marina Yacht Club is a full service premier marina with many amenities including Hemingway’s Restaurant and was voted Best of the Bay by Chesapeake Bay Magazine in 2012.

“I personally look forward to greeting our MarineMax family members in our new facility and meeting new friends and local area boating enthusiasts. I am especially anticipating enjoying many spectacular sunsets that are purported to be unmatched there,” concluded Rose.

For more information or to make an appointment, call MarineMax at Bay Bridge Marina 410-827-7371.

Jeff Ellis Named General Manager at Two MarineMax Georgia Locations

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LAKE LANIER, Ga., (April XX, 2016) – MarineMax, the nation’s largest and most trusted recreational boat and yacht retailer, announced today that Jeff Ellis has joined the MarineMax team as General Manager for both MarineMax Cumming and MarineMax Buford. Jeff has a strong boating background and extensive experience to lead the two Georgia stores with including 28 years with Sea Ray, becoming Vice President for Sport Yacht and Yacht Sales, followed by nine years with Chris Craft as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

“I am excited and pleased to be leading both teams in the beautiful Lake Lanier area,” declared Ellis. “In addition to offering the fabulous Sea Rays and Boston Whalers we also offer top-brands such as Nautique, Scarab Jet Boats, Crest Pontoons, Supreme Towboats and Azimut Yachts.”

Jeff Ellis is joined in Georgia by his wife Cheryl; they have been married for 32 years.

MarineMax Buford is located at 5800 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, Georgia 30518. MarineMax Cummings is located at 1860 Bald Ridge Marina Road, Cumming, Georgia 30041.

For more information contact Melanie Cody by emailing to melanie.cody@marinemax.com or call 770-614-6968.

MarineMax Wrightsville Beach Receives Master Dealer Certification

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C., (April 28, 2016) – MarineMax Wrightsville Beach was awarded the coveted title of “Brunswick Master Dealer.” Brunswick is a longstanding leader in dealer certification. The Brunswick Dealer Certification program recognizes Brunswick (Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and others) boat dealers who have proven to provide superior customer experience through operational excellence.

“The team at MarineMax Wrightsville Beach is extremely proud of achieving this important milestone,” explained Thom Cross, MarineMax Wrightsville Beach Store Manager. “The whole team is focused on the customer experience assuring timely and effective sales, service and after-the-sale engagements. We are all boating enthusiasts and want our customers to truly enjoy their boating lifestyle.”

Brunswick works with the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) to assure that all Marine Industry Program requirements are met in all the certification programs. This allows MarineMax stores to become Marine Industry Certified through the Brunswick certification program.

MarineMax Wrightsville Beach is located at 130 Short Street, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, 28480. For more information contact Graham Norton at 910-256-8100 or by email at graham.norton@marinemax.com.

MarineMax Expands in Northeast

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CLEARWATER, Fla., (April 18, 2016) – MarineMax, the nation’s largest and most trusted recreational boat and yacht retailer, announced today this it has acquired the Boston based Russo Marine, New England’s largest, privately held, powerboat dealer. Now in its third generation, Russo Marine operates from four sales and service facilities serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“Larry Russo, Sr. is well respected in our industry and we are very proud to welcome him, Larry Jr., Alex, Bee and the entire Russo Marine team into the MarineMax family, explained Bill McGill, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of MarineMax. “With Russo’s similar commitment to customer service, we firmly believe that together we will be even stronger in providing the very best boat ownership experience for our customers in this exceptional boating environment.” “With Russo Marine now joining the MarineMax team, we gain a valuable presence in Boston and coastal New England. With the addition of Russo Marine, we further strengthen our position to serve the many boaters that migrate along the Atlantic seaboard from the Northeast to Florida.”

In response, Larry Russo, Sr., stated, “On behalf of the Russo family and our entire team, we are all energized and excited to join forces with the nation’s premier marine retailer. Russo Marine, founded by my parents in 1940, has served the New England market for generations. Our culture, beliefs and customer-centric approach are directly aligned with those of MarineMax. It is a natural evolution for Russo Marine to combine forces with the foremost marine retailer in the country. For many years, our two companies have shared a common vision for operational excellence and for improving the customer’s experience. This is an exceptional opportunity for us to take the marine business to the next level in New England.”

For more information contact Mark Kellum by emailing to mark.kellum@mainemax.com or call 727-531-1700 ext. 10166.