When we started the Northwest Marine Champion Award series in 2018, the task was daunting. The intimidation factor did not come from any concern of how to find marine professionals of the Pacific Northwest or whether there was enough of them. Quite the opposite; we live in a vibrant community of hardworking experts who stop at nothing with their inspiring careers to build up our entire world. How could we possibly select the worthiest from this ace selection?
Fortunately, by opening the awards to public nominations as we have the last two years, we’ve maintained a democratic element to these recipients. You all have spoken, and the following six marine champions now get some much-deserved recognition thanks to the time you all took to nominate them. Well done!
You’ll notice that we culled down the awards this year to six of the more bedrock categories. While it was fun to give out tongue and cheek categories last year, the focus to important categories like Terrific Boatyard Professional and Exemplary Marina Manager struck us as appropriate. So, raise a glass to these magnificent six! Also, stay tuned later in the year for when we open nominations for the 2020 recipients. We’re eager to hear your pitch for future marine champions.