Recipients of the Award:
Rep. Candice Miller
From L to R: Nicki Polan, Jim Coburn, Miller, Steve Remias and Ray Underwood
Ray L. Underwood
History of the Ray L. Underwood Lifetime Achievement Award
In July, 2015 the MBIA awarded industry veteran Ray Underwood with the inaugural Ray L. Underwood Lifetime Achievement Award named for the recipient.
“Ray Underwood has been an advocate for the marine industry in Michigan for decades. He has made great strides for our industry in his work as our Association’s Executive Director and as our lobbyist,” said current MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan, who began her career at MBIA during Underwood’s term as Executive Director. “This award is well deserved!”
“Ray has an extensive background and history in the boating and fishing industries in Michigan,” said MBIA Chairman Jim Coburn, of Coburn & Associates. “The Board is honored to recognize him for his efforts.”
Underwood began his career with the Michigan Boating Industries Association as the Executive Director from 1976-1989, and served as the Director of Government Relations from 1989-1991. He continued to represent MBIA at Karoub Associates from 1991-1993. Since 1993, Underwood has been a Lobbyist at Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates, a top-rated lobbying firm in Lansing, Mich. and has been instrumental in the development of statewide lobbying efforts for the MBIA. Ray continues to lobby on behalf of MBIA today and has created a well-respected boating and fishing awareness program in Michigan.