Everglades Boats is proud to announce Boaters Exchange as the 2019 recipient of the Robert J. Dougherty Memorial Award. Serving the New Smyrna Beach and Rockledge communities, Boaters Exchange was awarded the honor on Monday, October 14th at Everglades Boats’ annual Dealer Meeting banquet.
Everglades Dealers come to New Smyrna Beach each year from all over the country to complete sales training, tour the factory facilities, and learn about the newest product innovations. The two-day conference culminates with an awards banquet, with the Robert J. Dougherty Memorial Award, the dealer network’s most coveted honor.
Robert J. Dougherty, known as “Bob” to friends, family, and the industry revolutionized the boating industry over a more than 60-year career. His innovative hull designs earned him the nickname, “Mr. Unsinkable” -- creating a reputation for building boats that would provide a safe and comfortable ride, no matter the conditions.
But even more than the innovative products he created, Bob valued the customer experience and positive community influence -- marking the importance of quality customer service, an honest sales process, and leadership that shines by example. The award was born in his honor and is given to one outstanding Everglades Dealer each year.
“Boaters Exchange owners, Jerry Butz and Paul Berube, are truly the embodiment of this award,” shared Everglades Boats CEO John Ward. “They’re simply a prime example of what we expect and strive from our dealer network. Their commitment to excellence is unmatched -- we’re proud to have them represent our product,” says Everglades CEO John Ward.
In addition to their commitment to their business and the Everglades product, Boaters Exchange has been heavily involved in recovery efforts in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. “They consistently go above and beyond what’s expected,” continued Ward. “I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of this award.”
Boaters Exchange has locations in New Smyrna Beach, FL and Rockledge, FL. Visit their website at https://www.BoatersExchange.com/ or contact Shane Kwaterski at [email protected] to find a dealer in your area.
About Everglades Boats
Everglades Boats is an industry leader in premium offshore fishing boats. Founded in 1997 by boating industry legend and former Boston Whaler executive, Robert J.(Bob) Dougherty, Everglades revolutionized the boat building industry with the invention of the RAMCAP process for one piece, unsinkable hulls. Everglades has received numerous industry awards and an unparalleled reputation for superior safety, performance, and quality.
About Boaters Exchange
Boaters Exchange is one of Central Florida’s largest boat dealers with two “one-stop boating centers” representing only the finest boat brands, products and services. Boaters Exchange has been named a Yamaha “Best-In-Class” dealer, a Top 100 Dealer by Boating Industry Magazine, and has been given the Certified Dealership award by the National Marine Manufacturing Association. Boaters Exchange was also the recipient of the 2019 Everglades Boaters Excellence in Sales and Excellence in Service awards.