Last October, Phil Dyskow was inducted into the National
Marine Manufacturers Association’s Hall of Fame. Dyskow, the immediate past
president and senior advisor to Yamaha Marine Group, was recognized for his
career achievements and contributions to the recreational boating industry
during the 22nd annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference.
The NMMA Hall of Fame was established in 1988 and recognizes
individuals who have, or continue to generate, substantial and lasting
contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry.
“I can’t think of anyone who better fits that description
than Phil Dyskow,” said Ben Speciale, president of Yamaha Marine Group, in his
introduction of Dyskow. “He instills his passion for our industry with
In 1975, Dyskow became the first Yamaha boat dealer in the United States.
Throughout the 1970s, his dealership grew to become the largest Yamaha boat
dealer outside of Japan.
He then joined Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A.
in 1981 as one of the first employees involved in the initial research,
planning and introduction of Yamaha outboards into the U.S. market.
Dyskow became vice president of Yamaha Marine Group in 1995.
A year later, he was promoted to senior vice president and given responsibility
for all Marine Group activities. On Nov. 1, 1997, he was appointed president.
During his tenure, Yamaha’s share of the market grew dramatically, and the
company now supplies more than a third of all the outboards sold in the United States.
While under Dyskow’s management, Yamaha outboards have received a number of
design and innovation awards from the marine industry and the national media.
Also while under his direction, Skeeter Boats and G3 Boats saw increases in
customer satisfaction and sales volume.
Dyskow retired from the position of president on May 1,
2010. He continues to serve Yamaha as senior advisor to the current Yamaha
Marine Group president.