PORTSMOUTH — The Hinckley Co. of Portsmouth was presented with the first-ever My-Villages Innovation Award at the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association’s annual meeting Monday night.
The award, to be presented annually, will honor companies that demonstrate leadership in reinventing the way the marine industry cares for customers by helping boat owners better operate and maintain their vessels using new technologies.
In Hinckley’s case, the company has been innovating since its start in 1928, introducing advances in sail handling, carbon fiber hull construction, joystick helm control and jet propulsion, among others. Today, the company located at 1 Little Harbor Landing adds to that list by using technology that creates fluid communication between yacht owner and supporting services.
My-Villages is a technology company dedicated to helping consumers better manage and operate the things they own.
“My-Villages’ Innovation Award is meant to honor organizations that have demonstrated a passion for continuous improvement, and I can’t think of a better example than Hinckley,” said Kevin Hutchinson, founder and CEO of My-Villages. “It’s a bold move to change processes or adapt new technology, but the Hinckley team has done this again and again. They know the commitment level needed to make it work.”
Jim McManus, chief executive officer at The Hinckley Co., accepted the award on behalf of the company.
“We are so proud to receive this,” Mr. McManus said. “For decades, we have tried to marry fine craftsmanship with the latest in technological innovation, and we believe that is another very significant step in making the boating experience easier, more convenient and safer for our owners. My-Villages shares our vision, and to be recognized like this is truly an honor.”