Boats.com and NMMA Announce Judging Panel for Annual North American Marine Industry Web Awards
Industry veterans to review a broad spectrum of marine website designs
SEATTLE – January 23, 2008 – Boats.com and National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today released the names of the judges for the 2008 North American Marine Industry Web Awards. Judges selected for the 2008 Web Awards include: Sharon Davison, Sue Garibaldi, Larry Rains and Fernando Regueiro.
With a Ph.D. in ergonomics/human factors and a specialty in human-computer interaction, Sharon Davison serves as an adjunct professor at Seattle University teaching design interface courses to engineering and computer science students. Davison also owns and operates Red Sky Blue Water, a professional services organization specializing in Web and application design, development, usability, corporate events and business consulting. She possesses a passion for sailing and holds a 50-ton master’s license.
Sue Garibaldi is the tech editor at Menlo Park, Calif.-based Communication Arts Magazine. Since 1999, her primary role as the editor of Commarts.com has allowed her to keep tabs on countless Web projects (about 400 per month) created by talented multimedia studios around the world. Staying informed about all of the remarkable work being produced is something she considers a perk of the job. A source of inspiration and information in the field of visual and interactive media, Communication Arts is on the Web at www.commarts.com.
Larry Rains is the marketing manager for Boats.com and its sister Website, YachtWorld.com. Rains moved to Seattle from Brazil, owned and operated an independent Web design firm, and has extensive experience working in advertising. A boating enthusiast, Rains is a member of the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle.
During his seven-year tenure as the director of Internet services for NMMA, Fernando Regueiro has lead the team responsible for the development and maintenance of more than 45 Websites under the NMMA umbrella. Regueiro also directly manages the development and coordination of online strategies for the largest marine industry initiative, Grow Boating.
Debra Keene Bergeron, general manager for Boats.com, will present winners with a trophy designed by Tony Castro, one of the world’s leading yacht designers, during the 2008 Miami International Boat Show Media Breakfast. The media breakfast will be held Thursday, February 14 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
In recognition of the industry’s drive toward higher standards of excellence in Website design and content, Boats.com and NMMA launched the Marine Industry Web Awards in 2004. Categories include: Best OEM/Manufacturer Site, Best Marine Equipment Site, Best Dealer/Broker Site and Best Marine Site Overall. To learn more about the Web Awards, please visit www.boats.com/nawebawards/index.html.
About YachtWorld.com & Boats.com
Together, YachtWorld.com and Boats.com are the single most powerful and effective global marketing solution for the boating industry. With over 140,000 new and used boat listings worldwide offered by over 4,000 brokers, dealers and builders in 100 countries, YachtWorld.com and Boats.com are visited by over 4 million boating consumers every month who click through over 95 million page views. YachtWorld.com is the premier online sales channel for yacht brokers around the world with total boat listings in excess of 35 billion Euros. Boats.com provides marketing and Web services to new boat dealers and builders, and offers a “For Sale By Owner” classified service. YachtWorld.com and Boats.com have European headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales and customer service representation in France, Germany, Italy, Holland and Estonia. Both companies are business units of Dominion Enterprises, based in Norfolk, Virginia, USA
About Dominion Enterprises
Dominion Enterprises, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, is a leading media and information services company serving employment, real estate, automotive, recreation and industrial markets. The company operates a variety of technology businesses that offer Internet marketing, Website design and hosting, lead generation, CRM, and data capture and distribution services including Advanced Access, PowerSports Network and Dealer Specialties. The company has more than 500 paid and free magazine titles such as The Employment Guide, For Rent, Harmon Homes, Cycle Trader and RV Trader with a combined weekly circulation of over 5 million, and more than 40 market-leading Websites such as EmploymentGuide.com, ForRent.com, Homes.com, and TraderOnline.com, reaching more than 8 million unique monthly visitors. The company has nearly 6,800 employees and 2007 annual revenue in excess of U$1 billion. For more information, visit DominionEnterprises.com.