• Wanda Kenton Smith

Profiles in Leadership: Dave Marlow

Sr. Director, Product Integrity/Government Affairs, Brunswick Corporation


One of Dave Marlow’s most memorable childhood boating experiences involved a sinking boat and rescue mission.

He and his brother were enjoying a fun sightsee-ing adventure in Nor-folk Harbor with their grandfather aboard his small 14’ aluminum jon boat with a Mercury 9.8 outboard to view the big ships. On the return leg, his brother asked permission to take the helm. While attempting to maneuver through choppy condi-tions, he inadvertently stuff ed the bow a few times too many which ultimately swamped and capsized the vessel. Fortunately, the threesome was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard, a story not lost on any-one who knows anything about Dave Marlow’s career and his passion for boating safety.


Dave recalls early days spent water skiing and fi shing whenever the opportunity arose. His dream was to become a marine biologist, but a fortuitous introduction in 1986 changed the trajectory of his career. Through mutual friends, he met Mike Myers and Jerry Michalak who were jointly run-ning Sea Ray’s Product Development and Engi-neering Division in Merritt Island, Fla. After an initial interview, Dave was hired... [click here to read the article]