Member Recognition Awards

Tell us Who is Making a Difference in our Industry?


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Recognizing professionalism and the best in the superyacht industry has been an important part of the USSA's Annual Meeting.  We are once again excited to honor more of our hardworking USSA members in the industry who have gone above and beyond at this year's hybrid event that will be both in-person as well as broadcast live via the web.  Now is your chance to submit who you think would be the best candidates for these prestigious awards.  Below is a brief description of each Award with a link to submit your recommendations.  The Board of Directors will review the candidates and announce the winners at the USSA Annual Meeting on Friday, October 30, 2020 at noon at the Bahia Mar, Commodore Ballroom, 2nd Floor and virtually.

Golden Compass Award

The Golden Compass Award was created to honor the company or individual that is focusing the efforts of the USSA and the superyacht industry in the "true" direction. 

Past Winners:

2014: MY Freedom
2015: Julie Balzano, NMMA
2016: Michael Reardon, Reardon Yacht Consulting
2017: Phil Purcell, MIASF  
2018: Christian Von Der Hyde 
2019: Charlie Dana, Newport Shipyard

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The Beacon Award

The Beacon Award was created to honor the company or individual that is shining a light and making a difference in our community (i.e. humanitarian, environmental, socially, etc.)

Past Winners: 
2014: Marc Drewelow, C2C
2015: Jennifer Saia, B&B Yacht Charters
2016: David Reed, The Triton
2017: Lisa Morely, MPT  
2018: Aaron Leatherwood, RMK Merrill-Stevens
2019: Julie Berry, Marina Investment Group/Stiles Realty

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Refit Project of the Year

The U.S. is well known internationally for our amazing craftsmanship and refit facilities.  This Award was created last year to honor "the best of the best" refits that have been completed over the past year to showcase quality, design and innovation.  

2019 Winner: M/Y Nadan - All Points Boats

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Submit Your Recommendations Today!

Entering your recommendation/s is easy.  All you have to do is click on the "Submit Recommendation" Button and add your nomination to the specific category.   Please take the time to make sure that YOU and your fellow members are recognized for their efforts!

Deadline for Recommendations:  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020