May 29, 2024
Annapolis, US 60 F

Boat Show Deal Closes Moments After Pantelides Sworn Into Office

michael-pantelidesMayor Michael J. Panetlides was sworn into office this afternoon at 3:55pm

At 4:36pm, Eye On Annapolis received a release that the deal to sell the Annapolis Boat Shows had just been completed.

Paul Jacobs, long-time general manager of the Annapolis Boat Shows and his partners, a team of four local business professionals, assumed ownership of the Boat Shows today from C. Edward Hartman II.

“We are thrilled to carry on the tradition of hosting the most spectacular boat shows in the world recognized by the international boating community as some of the most important events of the year,” says Jacobs.

“Judging by the enthusiasm, sales, and attendance at the recent 2013 sail and power boat shows, the boating industry is experiencing a recovery following the 2008 recession, and I see nothing but strong growth ahead,” Jacobs adds.

Along with assuming the role of corporate president, Jacobs will continue his responsibilities as general manager, and the entire management team and permanent staff will remain in place. The new owners all have deep roots in the community and include Sheila Jones, Annapolis Boat Shows manager, who has been with the company for 15 years; Peter Trogdon, owner of Weems and Plath, an international marine industry business based in Eastport; Bob Crain, owner of Applied Lighting; and, Mary Ewenson, owner of SpinSheet and PropTalk Magazines.

Many new boat show attractions have been established in Annapolis over the past several years including: Cruisers University, Annapolis Brokerage Show, Take the Wheel, Sailboat Show Launch Party, and Vacation Basin.  The industry and boating consumers can expect to see many more innovations in the years to come.

Also today the new owners announced the dates of the 2014 boat shows:

Bay Bridge Boat Show
April 11 – 13, 2014, Stevensville, MD
Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show  
Featuring Cruisers University
April 25 – 27, 2014, Annapolis, MD
United States Sailboat Show
Featuring the Annapolis Brokerage Show
 October 9-13, 2014, Annapolis, MD
United States Powerboat Show
Featuring the Annapolis Brokerage Show
October 16 -19, 2014, Annapolis, MD 

Annually the Annapolis Boat Shows combined, attract more than 100,000 visitors and have an economic impact on the regional economy of more than $60 million dollars.

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