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Frank Marciano

Frank Marciano

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) said Tuesday (Jan. 31) that it will honor Dometic Americas former President Frank Marciano with the 2017 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award.

As reported by Soundings Trade Only, the award will be presented during the Miami International Boat Show’s Innovation Breakfast on Feb. 17. During his tenure, Marciano also oversaw Dometic’s RV operations.

“NMMA congratulates Frank Marciano on his exemplary work in the recreational boating industry and is proud to bestow upon him the Alan J. Freedman Award,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. “Frank’s attention to detail and commitment to marine product excellence and customer service have helped paved the way for marine manufacturing’s growth and innovation.”

Marciano, who retired Dec. 1 and was succeeded by Scott Nelson, started with Marine Air Systems in 1991 as the production manager. Under his leadership the factory was divided into eight self-directed teams, which in turn worked directly with the sales team to satisfy customers.

Marciano developed the “virtual product” concept so the organization could respond to unique customer requests, which remains a hallmark of Dometic.

The NMMA said that under his watch Dometic received a large number of industry innovation awards.

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