MBIA Announces 2020 Award Winners

The Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) has awarded Chris Lisowicz of North Shore Marina and Barrett Boat Works in Spring Lake with the Ray L. Underwood Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020, for his outstanding contributions to the recreational boating industry through leadership, dedication, innovation, and personal motivation. Lisowicz will be honored during the Recreational Boating Educational Conference held virtually on December 2.

Lisowicz is the current owner of North Shore Marina and Barrett Boat Works. Chris bought North Shore Marina in 1989 and Barrett Boat Works in 2003.  He has dedicated his life’s work to these two marinas and to the success of the industry.

If you stop by the marina, you will normally find Chris working in the yard, and it is this style that has earned him respect and dedication from his employees as well as the respect of his customers and community.

Chris has also volunteered his service to the MBIA Board for more than nine years since 2009.

Also at its conference, MBIA will induct Pete Beauregard, Jr. of Colony Marine Sales and Service in St. Clair Shores and Pontiac, into the MBIA Hall of Fame for the year 2020.

Beauregard is the president and owner of Colony Marine Sales and Service and Michigan Harbor Properties. His career in the industry spans more than 45 years. He first was elected to the MBIA Board in 1990 and has served on the Board for more than 17 years, chairing many committees including the Boat Show Advisory Committee, Legislative Committee, and PAC Committee.

Beauregard was recently inducted into the Macomb County Hall of Fame and was appointed by MI Governor Snyder in October of 2018 to serve a three-year term as a Michigan State Waterways Commissioner where his priorities include repairing and upgrading our aging Michigan marinas and launch sites and promotion of the recreational boating industry in Michigan.