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MBIA Announces recipients of 2015 Lighthouse Awards

Livonia, Mich., December 11, 2015 --- Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) honored six great contributors to the marine industry with prestigious Lighthouse Awards in appreciation for their extraordinary efforts in 2015. The awards were given at the MBIA Awards Lunch held December 10 during the Recreational Boating Educational Conference in Lansing, Mich. The individuals were: • For their support of the Michigan Boating Industries Association: o Jim Coburn, Coburn & Associates from Macomb o Tom Den Herder, Yacht Basin Marina from Holland o Chris Lisowicz, North Shore Marina from Spring Lake o Jim Stewart, Kotz Sangster from Detroit • For his support of the Boaters’ Association of Michigan o Tim Tadsen, Toledo Beach Marina from LaSalle • For her support of Michigan’s Clean Marina Program o Elizabeth LaPorte, Michigan Sea Grant, Ann Arbor “We are very proud to honor our Lighthouse Award recipients and very grateful for the work they do to improve the boating industry in Michigan,” said MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan. 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 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 or call 734.261.0123. ###

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