Rallee Chupich named 2013 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Posted by: Michael Geatz
MINNEAPOLIS – Rallee Chupich, co-owner, Gordy’s Lakefront Marine
Inc., Fontana, Wis., was named the 2013 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year during
a luncheon Nov. 20 at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. The honor is
given annually to an outstanding woman in the marine industry.
A 30-plus year veteran of the boat business, Chupich has served in a wide
variety of roles at the dealership, from ski instructor and service manager to
owner and COO of Gordy’s Boat House, its restaurant and bar. Additionally, she
has been involved in numerous community organizations, including the Lake
Geneva Chamber of Commerce, the Fontana Park Commission, and the Geneva Lake
"As a business, community and industry leader, as well as mother,
wife, teacher and athlete, Chupich truly embodies the spirit with which the
Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award was created,” says Liz Walz, Executive
Director, MRAA Educational Foundation. "Her passion for the marine business, the
boating lifestyle and Gordy’s in particular is immediately apparent to all who
The recipient of the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award
demonstrates leadership and commitment to the boating business. Recipients also
must show a willingness to volunteer their time and effort in their communities
and social organizations.
This award was established in 1987 in honor of Darlene Briggs of
Wayzata Marine, who exemplified these qualities, serving as the first retail
marine saleswoman in Minnesota and the first female member of her state marine
trades association. It is sponsored by Boating
Industry and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.
At the event, Boating Industry’s
national sales director, Kathy Johnson, introduced the 2012 Darlene Briggs
Award Winner, Debbie Meigs of Cobalt Boats, who presented the award.
Past recipients include: Jewell "Julie” Crowe of Crowe Marine; Barbara
Woodard of Woodard Marine; Nancy Smith of Colorado Boat Center; Ann Baldree of
Marine Products Corp.; Marcia Kull of Volvo Penta; Joan Maxwell of Regulator
Marine Inc.; Kris Carroll of Grady-White Boats, Inc.; Lynn Fiorenzano of Silver
Spring Marine; and Maureen Dickson of Cap Sante Marine.
For more information, visit the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year web
page: www.mraa.com/DarleneBriggsAward. Please
contact Liz Walz with any questions at 315-692-4533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the MRAA
As part of its mission to create a strong and healthy boating
industry, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is committed to
offering training, education and professional development opportunities to its
members and the entire marine dealer community. In 2004, the association
launched the MRAA Educational Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3
corporation, to provide financial support for education, training and
professional development in the recreational marine trades. For more information,
About the Marine
Retailers Association of the Americas
At the Marine Retailers Association of
the Americas, we believe that for the marine industry to thrive, the companies
that interact with the boater in their community must thrive. Those businesses
determine the boater’s experience and are the leading factor in the industry’s
success. The MRAA works to create a strong and healthy boating industry by
uniting those businesses, providing them with opportunities for improvement and
growth, and representing them with a powerful voice. For more
information, visit www.MRAA.com.