West Marine Press Release

West Marine Announces Winners of Annual VIV (Very Important Vendors) Awards 2013 - Best-of-the-Best Vendors Selected by West Marine

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (August 15, 2013)

West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the nation’s largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, announced the winners of its annual VIV (Very Important Vendor) Awards at the Company’s Watsonville Support Center.

West Marine’s Annual VIV Awards celebrates vendors who continually seek to satisfy their customers’ needs and are innovative in their approach. West Marine considered several factors when choosing the companies they wanted to single out, including consistent excellence in product quality, sales growth, and the helpfulness of their sales support staff.

“West Marine is proud to announce that Navico has been selected as the Vendor of the Year at West Marine’s VIV Awards for 2013,” said Ron Japinga, EVP Merchandising and Logistics for West Marine. “Navico and all of the recipients of this year’s awards have demonstrated a commitment to high quality products, sales growth through enhanced collaborations, innovation and excellent customer service.”

Winners of West Marine VIV Awards for 2013:

  • Vendor of the Year: Navico
  • Best Sales Growth: LEHR Propane Outboard Engines
  • Best New Product: Columbia’s Omni-Freeze® ZERO
  • Best Supply Chain Partner: Xylem
  • Best Store Sales Support: Big Rock Sports
  • Best Omni Channel Sales Support: Jimmy Styks
  • Best Port Supply Sales Support: Mastervolt
  • Best Green Product: CFA Eco Bottom Paint by Kopcoat
  • Best Vendor Representative: Greg Winfrey, Derema Group

About West Marine

West Marine, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, with nearly 300 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and five franchised stores located in Turkey. Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine has grown to become a leading omni-channel retailer for boats and boaters – from power cruisers and sailors to anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts. West Marine also offers gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. The company's Port Supply division is one of the largest wholesale distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine, Inc. its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine's stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR..