WHITE HOUSE VISIT
The President signing the Free Trade Agreement
Nautique is truly a global brand; currently we sell boats in forty countries around the world. It is exciting for our team to know that people all over the world enjoy the Nautique life.
Last Spring, while on a business development trip for Nautique in Asia, I had the honor of meeting with industry and government officials in Seoul, Korea. We had a great meeting discussing how we could expand watersports and more specifically the Nautique brand in their country.
Shortly after returning from Korea I was contacted by the Korean Embassy in Washington. The Embassy told me that the Korean Ambassador would like to visit our plant in Central Florida and asked me if I would attend a meeting with him in downtown Orlando regarding the USA/Korea Free Trade Agreement. Negotiated by the Bush Administration, this Agreement would help our industry by significantly lowering tariffs for boats sold into Korea and was strongly supported by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
Several months later this Agreement was overwhelmingly approved by Congress in a strong bipartisan vote. Last week it was set to be signed by President Obama.
I was invited to join the Korean Ambassador, the US Commerce Secretary, and a handful of other CEO’s in the Oval Office of the White House as the President signed the Agreement. This was an Agreement our industry wanted and I was honored to be in the room when the President (using thirteen different pens) signed it.
I had an opportunity to chat with the President who said he had read about our company and even mentioned that his daughters had been on our boats. He was very kind in his comments. I, of course, invited him to experience Nautique first hand!
We are proud that the Nautique family spreads all across the globe. Whether you live in the US or one of forty other countries around the world we know that being in the Nautique family is second to no other boating experience.
If you are not yet in the Nautique family, we invite you to join us. Wherever you are in the world, find the Nautique dealer closest to you atnautique.com/dealers/find. We look forward to you joining our family!
Enjoy the Nautique life!