Highs and Lows from 2013: Scott Sjogren

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Between new and previously owned models, Pier 57 Marine in Gurnee, Ill., sold 118 boats in 2013. That's not a bad year, considering that the full-service high-performance powerboat dealer sold 128 boats in 2011—it's biggest year to date. Company owner Scott Sjogren told us he has been running flat-out since January, and he was still moving at the same pace when we caught up to him a few days ago.

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Highs and Lows from 2013: Dan Kleitz

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Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats operations manager Dan Kleitz, which is why we decided to let company principal Mike Fiore off the hook and go to Kleitz for this year's highs and low from the Outerlimits perspective. From strong sales and new model introductions to strong performances at the Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships to the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, fortune shined on the Bristol, R.I., company in 2013.

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Highs and Lows from 2013: Fred Kiekhaefer

Since exiting stage right as the president of Mercury Racing in Fond du Lac, Wis., and moving to Colorado a year ago, Fred Kiekhaefer has been plenty busy. In addition to serving as a consultant for his former employer, he started a design-and-engineering consulting outfit of his own called K-Lab Design Works and he has been working on his own "secret little" project. Kiekhaefer wouldn't say anything more than about his concept, but he was happy to give us his highs and lows—in reverse order—for 2013.

Fred Kiekhaefer: "On a personal level, my high has been the launch of K-Lab. I walk 35 steps to my CAD station."Fred Kiekhaefer: "On a personal level, my high has been the launch of K-Lab. I walk 35 steps to my CAD station."

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Highs and Lows from 2013: Randy Davis

nordic 24cat trailer wideUnder owner Randy Davis, Nordic Boats has developed many new models including the 24 SX catamaran.

In the nearly 10 years since Randy Davis took over as owner of Nordic Boats, he has seen the Lake Havasu City, Ariz., business build everything from a 43-foot offshore catamaran to a 21-foot ski race boat. He's also seen the company take a major hit due to the economic downturn and a flood of deck boats—Nordic's most popular line—entering the market after a builder went out of business. While scaling back was a given, Davis, who also runs a successful framing business in Southern California, continued to tool up new boats, which seems to have given Nordic a competitive advantage as 2013 was the company's best in several years.

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Highs and Lows from 2013: David Holley

For David Holley of Peters & May, the global yacht and powerboat transportation logistics leader, 2013 was the best year the company has had since 2008. In a sign of the times, the company, which continues to support Unlimited hydroplane, tunnel boat and offshore racing powerboat racing, opened a new office in Shanghai, China. It also re-opened its office if Palma, Mallorca. In Holley's view, "The marine market is on the up and we are confident it will stay that way."

David Holley (far right): "I love racing, but there is nothing better that seeing a kid get out of a boat with the smile from ear to ear."daveholleybigDavid Holley (far right): "I love racing, but there is nothing better that seeing a kid get out of a boat with the smile from ear to ear."daveholleybig

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