Discover the many rewarding career opportunities in the marine industry. On the water, in the shop or behind a desk—it’s your choice. Career paths range from skilled labor including technical, mechanical, and electrical talent to sales, service and management professionals. Come learn what it takes to get started, get career advice from marine business professionals, hear about job openings and enjoy a fun day at the boat show.
David K. Witty
ONEWATER, Executive VP Of Retail Operations
Dave has led sales and retail operations for more than 33 years. Leveraging his vast expertise leading in-store, regional, and marketing operations, Dave helps drive OneWater’s sales and operating efficiencies for both new, and existing, dealerships.
Yamaha Marine, Service Division Manager
Attended Milwaukee tech and trade high school in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Started career as a Technician apprentice at age 16. Became a journeyman technician right out of high school. Moved to northwest Florida in the early 90s and continued as a journeyman technician until promoted to shop foreman at which time I became a mentor for a technician apprenticeship program. Moved to Orange Beach Alabama to become a service manager where I continued as a mentor. 5 apprentice technicians developed at 2 dealerships. In 2003 I was hired by Yamaha Marine as a District Service Representative for New England. My positions moved to Sr District Service Representative -2004, Regional Service Supervisor 2005, Regional Service Manager -2007, Field Service Manager- 2009. In 2014 I was promoted to Marine Service Division Manager supporting Outboards, and in 2018 the service division expanded to include Wave runners and Sport boats.
Engineering Director, Brunswick Boat Group Technology Center
2005 – BSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan.
14+ year veteran of the recreational marine industry.
I started my career in 2005 as a Development Engineer for Boston Whaler working on new boat designs and current product enhancements.
I became the principal Naval Architect for Boston Whaler in 2007 and stayed in that role with increasing responsibility along the way up until 2016 or so.
2016 – 2018 transitioned to an Engineering Manager role with Boston Whaler, overseeing new product development, current product enhancements, and the integration of new products from key suppliers.
Late 2018 with the formation of the Brunswick Boat Group Technology Center started my current role of Engineering Director. Now manage a group of 50+ engineers, technicians, and draftsmen dedicated to the development of new products for Boston Whaler, Sea Ray, and other brands in the Brunswick portfolio.
Norman A. Schultz
President, NASCO (Moderator)
During his time as President, at Lake Erie Marine Trades Association in Cleveland, he produced more than 135 boating expositions in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and South Carolina. Created boating events including the Cleveland Boat Parade of Lights, the Cleveland Boating & Fishing Fest, the LEMTA Walleye Championships at Cedar Point, among many others. He founded the Boat Ohio Foundation, aka Boating Associations of Ohio, to advocate for marine dealers, marinas and boatowner organizations statewide. Currently, Norman works as a Boating Industry consultant; Exposition management; Speaker; Freelance boating writer; Twice-weekly blogger for “Soundings” boating industry journal at TradeOnlyToday.com.