Livonia, Mich., December 12, 2014
Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) honored two great contributors to the marine industry with prestigious Lighthouse Awards in appreciation for their extraordinary efforts in 2014. The awards were made at the MBIA Awards Lunch held December 11 during the Recreational Boating Educational Conference in Lansing, Mich.The two individuals were: Tim Lucas, national program manager at Harbor Risk – recognized for his extraordinary dedication to helping MBIA members throughout the year at both a personal and professional level. He is also being recognized for the Harbor Risk Insurance Program and its effectiveness in helping to grow the MBIA membership through the MBIA safety rebate program. Through the program, MBIA has gained more than 50 new members and continues to grow. In addition, Tim was the driving force and inspiration behind the MBIA’s new Youth Sailing/Discover Sailing Initiative which will work to bring more young people to the water to learn to sail.

Vicki Springstead, chairwoman of Higgins Lake Foundation – recognized for the generous donation to fund a boat wash station at the Higgins Lake public access site. The boat wash, positioned just before the boat launch area, is the first of its kind in a Michigan State Park. It reflects the high priority the HLF puts on preventing the spread of invasive species and the importance of this landmark structure as one of the most heavily used boat launch locations in the state of Michigan.

“We are very proud to honor our two Lighthouse Award recipients and very grateful for the work they do to improve the boating industry in Michigan,” said MBIA Awards Chairman Chris Lisowicz, North Shore Marina, Inc.  The Michigan Boating Industries Association created the “Lighthouse Award” in 2004 in order to recognize individuals for their dedication and contributions to the industry. For a full list of past recipients, visit www.mbia.org. MBIA is the official, state-wide marine industry association which serves as the voice to Michigan’s $7.4 billion marine industry and the 4 million people who enjoy Michigan’s nearly 1 million registered boats. The MBIA is dedicated to the advancement, protection and promotion of boating across Michigan.

MBIA produces three association-owned boat shows, the Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center, the Spring Boating Expo in Novi, and the Boating & Outdoor Festival in Harrison Twp. The proceeds from these shows benefit boating in Michigan through MBIA programs and promotions. For more information about the MBIA, and a full list of MBIA Lighthouse Award Recipients go to www.mbia.org or call 734.261.0123.

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