Keynote speaker: Bill Yeargin

Keynote speaker

Bill Yeargin
President/CEO at Correct Craft, Inc.


Bill Yeargin

President/CEO at Correct Craft, Inc.

Bill Yeargin is CEO of Correct Craft, a 97 year-old company with global operations. Correct Craft’s subsidiaries include eight boat brands, three engine brands, three water sports parks, and an entity devoted solely to innovation. The company has manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and distributes into about 70 countries.

Under Bill’s leadership, Correct Craft has developed a unique culture of “Making Life Better.” They have won all their industry’s major awards and were recognized as Florida’s “Manufacturer of the Year.” One publication recognized Correct Craft as the boating industry’s "Most Innovative Company" while another described the company under Bill’s leadership as being “on an aggressive improvement path, the likes of which the marine industry has never seen.”

A passionate lifelong learner, Bill has earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA. He has also completed post-graduate studies at Harvard, Stanford, Villanova University, Wharton, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Bill is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and is certified in both Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and DISC.

Bill has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the Florida Council of 100, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. 

Bill served both the Obama and Trump administrations on cabinet-level advisory councils and actively represents both his company and industry on national and state issues. He was appointed by Florida’s Governor to serve on the board of University of Central Florida. 

Bill has been recognized with many of the marine industry’s top awards including Boating Industry's “Mover and Shaker of the Year.” Florida Trend magazine has recognized Bill as one of “Florida’s Most Influential Business Leaders” and he is an Orlando Business Journal “CEO of the Year.” Bill was also presented the “Governor’s Business Ambassador Medal” by the Governor of Florida.

A prolific writer, Bill has been published hundreds of times and has authored five books, including the best-seller, Education of a CEO. He has traveled to over 110 countries and is a sought-after conference speaker.

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