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Yamaha Marine Group Immediate Past President Phil Dyskow to Serve on National Boating Safety Advisory Council

Posted 6/18/2012

Kennesaw, Ga., June 18, 2012 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that Immediate Past President Phil Dyskow will serve 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. 

The 21-member committee of the NBSAC is appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and comprised of seven representatives of state officials responsible for state boating programs; seven reps of representatives of recreational vessel manufacturers and associated equipment manufacturers and; a combination of representatives of national recreational boating organizations (at lease five) and members of the general public.  The council acts as a collaborative body, and members serve a three-year term with seven positions open for appointment each year, vacancies distributed evenly among the categories.   Dyskow’s term will begin in the fall of 2012.

“I am very honored to accept this position, and excited about the progress the committee will make during my terms,” said Dyskow.  “As the only representative on the council, with an outboard/boat manufacturing background, I hope to make a difference on a number of fronts.”

With almost four decades of experience, Dyskow brings to the NBSAC an extensive background, a wealth of knowledge, and an exceptional reputation as a leader in the marine industry. In 1975, Dyskow became the first Yamaha boat dealer in the United States. Throughout the 1970s, his dealership grew to become the largest Yamaha boat dealer outside of Japan, offering both Yamaha sail and powerboats. He then 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.

Dyskow left Yamaha briefly in 1990 to serve as Vice President of Outdoor Technologies Group where he had overall management responsibility over its Fenwick Corporation subsidiary in Huntington Beach, Calif. Under his direction, Fenwick, a world leader in top-quality fishing equipment, won eight different awards for product innovations.

Dyskow returned to Yamaha Marine in 1995 as a Vice President. A year later, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and given responsibility for all Marine Group activities. On Nov. 1, 1997, he was appointed President. 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. While under Dyskow’s management, Yamaha Outboards have received a number of design and innovation awards from the marine industry and the national media. Also while under his direction, Skeeter Boats and G3 Boats saw increases in customer satisfaction and sales volume.

Dyskow retired from the position of President on May 1, 2010. He continues to serve Yamaha as senior advisor to the current Yamaha Marine Group President, Ben Speciale. In addition to the advisory capacity, Dyskow serves on the board of directors for the Center for Coastal Conservation. Last year, he was appointed to by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, which advises NOAA on fisheries issues. He is also Vice Chairman of the NMMA® Engine Committee.

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 OEM 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 Customer Satisfaction Index (C.S.I.) Award every year since its inception. Visit

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