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Ben Speciale inducted into NMMA Hall of Fame

by National Marine Manufacturers Association 28 Sep 2023 16:24 PDT
Ben Speciale inducted into NMMA Hall of Fame © National Marine Manufacturers Association

NMMA announced today the induction of Ben Speciale, President of the Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, into the NMMA Hall of Fame. Speciale will be presented with the 2023 NMMA Hall of Fame Award during the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX)'s annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 3, being held at a new location, the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street.

From an early age, Speciale engaged in his family's marina and marine dealership, fostering his passion for boating and fishing as well as a respect for the resources that provide those opportunities. His early experiences shaped his career choice, interests and advocacy. He joined Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. in 1987, initially working with Yamaha Marine Parts and Accessories.

Over the years at Yamaha Marine, Speciale held positions in marketing and promotions. In 1992, he left Yamaha to serve as fishing production manager at Fenwick Fishing Tackle in Huntington Beach, Calif., only to return in 1996 to work within strategic planning and financial operations at Yamaha. Speciale was promoted to vice president, operations and planning in 2005. Five years later, he was named president of the Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, which is part of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

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