Freedom Boat Club Corporate Team Members Recognized For Top Achievement Awards

October 20, 2015, Venice, FL – Top performers from the national corporate headquarters of Freedom Boat Club were recently distinguished during the company’s annual team meeting in Venice, FL.

Of the 172 employees affiliated with the corporate offices which include 15 company-owned club locations from Bradenton to Marco Island along with the headquarters staff, nine were recognized by Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio for exemplary performance.

Award winners included Project Development Manager Tracy Wackelin who received the “Alison McMillen Employee of the Year;” Clete Blessing of Punta Gorda, “Dock Master of the Year;” Captain Frank King of Venice, “Instructor of the Year;” Dustin Tidwell of Naples and Bonita Springs, “Membership Executive of the Year;” and Jimmy Hughes of Bradenton, “Rookie of the Year.”

The highly coveted and hotly contested “Team Freedom Award,” presented to the top performing dock throughout the 15 corporate-owned club locations, was won by the Venice Dock Staff.

The “Innovation Award” was presented to Captain Steve Jacobs for his work to partner with the Sarasota U.S. Power Squadron on a joint educational initiative wherein Freedom Boat Club captains provide optional hands-on boat training as part of the Power Squadron’s educational program.

Two members of the corporate marketing department were also recognized. Director of Special Events & Promotions Gabrielle Hoover received the new “Freedom Teamwork Award,” while Chief Marketing Officer Wanda Kenton Smith received the “Outstanding Achievement Award.”

“We have a great team here in Southwest Florida and all work very hard to uphold the highest standards of performance while serving our valued members and our franchise owners throughout the nation,” said Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio. “Our annual gathering of the corporate team is the perfect opportunity to recognize those whose performance has set the bar and continues to raise the standard for all.”

Freedom Boat Club is the nation’s oldest and largest boat club, with 10,000+ members in 19 states coast-to-coast, now approaching 100 corporate and franchise-owned locations. For more information, visit

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