Freedom Boat Club Celebrates Award Winners

Freedom Boat Club, a division of Brunswick Corporation held its annual franchise conference to celebrate another year of record growth for the business.  Since Freedom joined the Brunswick family in May 2019, it has experienced unprecedented expansion now serving nearly 70,000 members across nearly 300 locations. Freedom’s total footprint now also includes Fanautic Club, the largest boat club operator in Spain, acquired in July 2021 adding an additional 23 locations to the Brunswick portfolio.

The three-day event was attended by franchisees from across the country – adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols – marking the first in-person gathering of the network over the past 24 months.  It was an opportunity for leadership within Freedom and Brunswick, including CEO Dave Foulkes, to share their vision for the business.

The conference concluded with an award ceremony recognizing many franchisees for their performance and contributions over the past year. For 2021, the Franchise of the Year was awarded to Tom, Bev and Josh Rosella from Freedom Boat Club of Delaware, South Jersey, Lower Hudson Valley, DC/Maryland. The awards ceremony also included a tribute to John Giglio, owner of Freedom Boat Club from 2011-2019, providing an opportunity for Brunswick, Freedom leadership, and Freedom franchisees to recognize his tremendous contributions with a video tribute, gifts, speeches, as well as renaming the President’s Award in his honor.

Other award recipients included:

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  • Guardian of Reciprocity – Freedom Boat Club of Palm Beaches, Dan Lund
  • Territory Expansion – Freedom Boat Club of Delaware, South New Jersey, Lower Hudson Valley, Maryland & DC , Tom, Bev, and Josh Rosella
  • Highest % of Revenue Increase – Freedom Boat Club of Anacortes, Shawn Ottenbreit
  • Pacesetter Club Award (Recognizes clubs who meet specific financial growth benchmarks)

Freedom Boat Club of Toronto

Freedom Boat Club of Delaware and South New Jersey

Freedom Boat Club of Northern New Jersey

Freedom Boat Club of Maryland and DC

Freedom Boat Club of Lake St. Clair

Freedom Boat Club of Wilmington

Freedom Boat Club of Palm Beaches

Freedom Boat Club of Nashville

Freedom Boat Club of Northern Virginia

Freedom Boat Club of Dallas

  • Marketing National Brand Champion – Freedom Boat Club of the Grand Strand, Karen Berry
  • Marketer of the Year – Freedom Boat Club of Delaware, South Jersey, Lower Hudson Valley, DC/Maryland, Tom, Bev, and Josh Rosella
  • Membership Executive of the Year –

Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville & St. Augustine, Bill Edinger

Freedom Boat Club of Daytona Beach, Sam Swanger

  • The John R. Giglio President’s Award – Freedom Boat Club of Puget Sound, Nick Hooge
  • Rookie Franchise of the Year – Freedom Boat Club of Corpus Christi, Steven Gordon