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Phil Dyskow is 2013 Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year

Posted 5/9/2013


Washington D.C., May 9, 2013 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that Immediate Past President, Phil Dyskow, is the 2013 recipient of the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year award presented by the Center for Coastal Conservation.  Established in 2012, the award honors extraordinary commitment to conservation by manufacturers.

"Phil Dyskow embodies the spirit of the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award," said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation.  "He has given of his time, talent and treasure for decades to support his avocation as much as his vocation.  Phil's leadership has been a blessing to anglers and boaters across the country." 

Phil Dsykow, Immediate Past President, Yamaha Marine Group, Kris Carroll, President, Grady-White Boats and Thom Dammrich, President, NMMA

“Eddie Smith was instrumental in helping to found CCC. He has always been a strong champion of sport fishing rights. He is fully aware that today the challenges to sport fishing are greater than ever,” said Dyskow.  “Early on he encouraged me to become involved in CCC. Frankly, it has been easy because I so strongly believe that what they are doing can, and is, making a difference in Washington.”

Dyskow was the first Yamaha boat dealer in the United States. He joined Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. in 1981 as one of the first employees involved in the initial research, planning and introduction of Yamaha outboards into the U.S. market.  In 1997, he became President of Yamaha Marine Group and held that position until he retired in May of 2010.  During his tenure, Yamaha’s share of the market grew dramatically, and the company now supplies more than a third of all the outboards sold in the United States.

Dyskow’s commitment to the growth and future of the marine industry remains strong. He continues to serve Yamaha as senior advisor to the current Yamaha Marine Group President, Ben Speciale. In 2011, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, which advises NOAA® on fisheries issues. He also serves on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC).  Established in 1971, the NBSAC is responsible for advising the U.S. Coast Guard on developing and promulgating standards and regulations pertaining to the construction of recreational boats. He is also Vice Chairman of the NMMA® Engine Committee.

The Center for Coastal Conservation is dedicated to promoting sound conservation and use of ocean resources by supporting federal legislators who support its goals.  The “Center” is a coalition of the leading advocates for marine recreational fishing and boating.  Its membership includes individuals and the major players in marine conservation and recreational boating and fishing.  Non-profit members include American Sportfishing Association®, Coastal Conservation Association, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation®, International Game Fish Association and National Marine Manufacturers Association®.  Corporate members include AFTCO®, Brunswick®, Costa, Grady White Boats®, Maverick Boats®, Okuma®, Pure Fishing®, Shimano® and Yamaha Marine.  For more information, visit www.CoastalConservation.US.

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builder partners with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit

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