Boats.com/NMMA Announce Judges For The 2009 North American Marine Industry Web Awards

Four judges named to choose the best marine websites of the year

December 18th 2008

SEATTLE – December 18, 2008- Boats.com, www.boats.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), www.nmma.org, announced today the judges selected to evaluate entries in the 2009 North American Marine Industry Web Awards. Judges selected for the 2009 Web Awards include: Jorian Clarke; Adam Heneghan; Larry Rains; and Fernando Regueiro.

Jorian Clarke is founder and CEO of SpectraCom, a Milwaukee-based interactive marketing agency focusing on strategic developments in market research, marketing, sales and electronic publishing. Since its establishment in 1991, Clarke’s company has sought to provide solutions that have a measurable impact on business processes and sales. Clarke is frequently requested as a conference speaker by world-renowned organizations such as Internet World, Comdex, @dTech, ARF, DCI and others.

Adam Heneghan is president of Elevation, a Chicago-based interactive marketing and technology firm that includes the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Discover Boating and Orbitz as clients. Prior to founding Elevation in 2001, Heneghan was co-founder and president of Giant Step, an Internet professional services provider that worked with high-profile clients such as United Airlines, Proctor & Gamble and Lexis Nexis. Heneghan has previously served as judge for various industry awards programs, including the International Advertising Festival in Cannes.

Larry Rains is marketing manager for Boats.com and YachtWorld.com. In this capacity he is constantly focused on ways to improve the effectiveness of both Web sites as lead generating tools for the marine industry. Rains is a regular presenter at industry events, helping educate yacht brokers on best practices for list creation and maintaining an effective online presence. Prior to working with Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, Rains was owner of a web development company specialized in creating easy-to-use and effective websites for small businesses both in the United States and Brazil.

Fernando Regueiro is the director of Internet services for NMMA and leads the team responsible for 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.

To nominate a company or an individual, complete the online application on the new dedicated Web Awards website, www.boats.com/nawebawards/index.html, which includes all relevant award information. Deadline for applications is January 15, 2009.

Winning companies will hold their prestigious title for one year and will be announced in a special section in the April 2009 edition of Soundings Trade Only.


About Boats.com – Boats.com is the single most powerful and effective global marketing solution for new and used boat dealers, boat builders and private-party sellers. In addition to providing an online marketing venue, Boats.com provides back-end marketing tools like lead management, inventory management and data distribution for boat builders and their dealers. Featuring more than 140,000 new and used powerboat, sailboat, fishing boat and other listings, Boats.com provides visitors with a wide range of boats to choose from – plus exclusive articles from the world’s top boating writers and all the relevant information a boater needs to make a buying or selling decision. More than one million boating consumers visit Boats.com every month and click through more than 20 million page views, making this the recreational boating industry’s most popular online destination. Headquartered in Seattle, Boats.com has European headquarters in the United Kingdom. Boats.com is a division of Dominion Enterprises, based in Norfolk, Va.

About NMMA – National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters in North America. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy, market research and data, product quality assurance and marketing communications.

About Dominion Enterprises – Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, and employment industries. The company’s businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, CRM, Web site design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 45 market-leading Web sites reaching more than 16.7 million unique visitors, and more than 450 magazines with a weekly circulation of 4.3 million. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia., the company has 5,400 employees in more than 200 offices nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.DominionEnterprises.com.