Fort Lauderdale, FL – January 21, 2013 – At the just concluded Boatyard Business Conference Awards Dinner & 70th Anniversary Celebration, the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) named William “Bill” Munger the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dennis Snow President’s Award. The Award is given for significant and lasting contributions to the boatyard and marine service/repair industry, and Bill Munger joins a distinguished group of industry leaders to have received this honor.
ABBRA President Pam Lendzion, in her presentation remarks said, “All of us who know Bill, recognize him as a contributor to the marine industry, his community, and a genuine supporter to all those who have worked with him. Without reservation, I can say that Bill Munger, and his wife May, have worked tirelessly to create and operate a family business that provides top quality service and repair work. In their personal and work lives they operate with honesty and integrity, and do not hesitate to offer their support to others in the industry.”
Bill Munger in his acceptance of the Award noted first and foremost that he was sharing the honor with his wife May Munger who has been with him every step of the way in the building of their business and in life. He said, “This is a great honor for me and I share it with May, whose support, partnership and friendship has meant the world to me.” He added, “I knew Dennis Snow and to be recognized with the President’s Award by ABBRA really means a lot to me. All I’ve done has been out of a love and passion for this business and for boating, and if I’ve made a difference over the years I’m happy about that.”
Past recipients of the Dennis Snow President’s Award include Jack Brewer, Brewer Yacht Yard, Dennis Nixon, Associate Dean for Research and Administration at the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island, Carl Cramer, Publisher, Professional Boat Builder Magazine and Frank Herhold, Executive Director Emeritus, Marine Industries Association of South Florida. The presentation took place at the B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida during the ABBRA Awards Dinner & 70th Anniversary Celebration as part of the Boatyard Business Conference from January 16th – 18th. Several Past-Presidents of ABBRA joined outgoing ABBRA President Pam Lendzion in making the presentation to Bill Munger.