2013-09-19 / Around Town

RIMTA Presents Anchor Awards


(From left) Hunt Yachts’ Peter Van Lancker, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation’s Paul Harden, RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and RIMTA President Andy Tyska at the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association Anchor Awards presentation at the Newport Yacht Club. (Photo by Billy Black) (From left) Hunt Yachts’ Peter Van Lancker, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation’s Paul Harden, RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and RIMTA President Andy Tyska at the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association Anchor Awards presentation at the Newport Yacht Club. (Photo by Billy Black) U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Peter Van Lancker of Hunt Yachts were each honored with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) Anchor Award at the organization’s Fourth Annual Industry Partnership Breakfast, held Sept. 14 at the Newport Yacht Club. The Anchor Awards are presented annually to individuals who have had a significant impact on the state’s marine trades.

Senator Whitehouse founded the Senate Oceans Caucus to promote creative, bipartisan policy solutions that protect the ocean, its coastline, and the people and economies that rely on them. He has been a strong advocate for the marine industry in Rhode Island as one who understands the impact recreational boating has on the state’s economy and its tourism industry. He has also publically recognized the innovative contributions from the state’s composite manufacturing sector, an expertise that has grown from Rhode Island com- panies’ deep experience in hightech boat building.

“Sheldon understands that in the Ocean State, our economy and our way of life depend on the health of our environment— including our greatest natural resource, the ocean,” said RIMTA President Andy Tyska, when presenting the award. “The senator is actively engaged in the issues that affect recreational boating and maintains an open-door policy when a RIMTA representative asks for his ear.”

Peter Van Lancker, the president of Hunt Yachts, has demonstrated the great advantages of doing marine business in the Ocean State by both building a successful business and being a vocal champion of the state’s marine-industry sector. After working at several leading boat builders and manufacturers, Van Lancker joined Hunt Yachts in 2000. In 2006, he moved the company to Portsmouth, citing advantages such as the state’s no-sales-tax policy on boats and boating services, and the continuum of marine manufacturers and services Hunt has partnered with to produce its product line.

In accepting his Anchor Award, Van Lancker attributed much of what Hunt has achieved to the company’s location and his ability to tap the talents of maritime craftsmen and entrepreneurs who operate in the Ocean State. “Rhode Island and Hunt are a winning combination,” said Van Lancker.

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