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Yamaha Hosts Press Event for Senator Johnny Isakson along with Chamber of Commerce

Posted 7/26/2016


Kennesaw, Ga., July 25, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group today hosted the first of five Georgia Chamber Fly-Around events with Senator Johnny Isakson at Yamaha’s southeastern headquarters in Kennesaw, Georgia. This event kicked off a tour of influential Georgia businesses ahead of the November 8th general election, where Senator Isakson will be looking for reelection to the U.S. Senate. Also presenting were Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha Marine Group, Rob Engstrom, Senior Vice President, US Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Clark, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

The event highlighted the economic impact of Yamaha in the United States, and underlined the need for continued pro-business policies in Georgia. Senator Isakson was championed throughout the event as a leader on Capitol Hill who fights tirelessly to bring jobs to Georgia and strengthen the nation’s economy.

“It was an honor to host Senator Isakson at our facility today, and we appreciate all that he does for the people of this state,” said Martin Peters, Government Relations Manager, Yamaha Marine Group.

“We were also thankful that the Senator presented us with an opportunity to share the story of Yamaha’s economic impact in the United States. Our water-based products alone represent over a billion dollars in direct economic impact, with billions more throughout our boat-builder and dealer networks. In order for our industry to continue to grow, we need strong leaders, like Senator Isakson, in the US Senate.”

Prior to the event, Senator Isakson held a private roundtable discussion with Yamaha leadership to discuss the impact of government policies on Yamaha’s business in the recreational industry. Dean Burnett, President, Yamaha Watercraft Group, and Mike Martinez, Vice President, ATV/SxS and Outdoor Power Equipment discussed the issues affecting their business units with Senator Isakson. Among the issues discussed were the need to cap ethanol in the fuel supply at ten percent, and the need to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act with legislative language that promotes recreational fishing.

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 builders 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