Ralph C. Meloon
AWARDED IN 2017
Ralph Meloon is a member of the founding family of Correct Craft, which was formed in 1925 by his parents. Ralph has operated, built, and sold boats around the world since the age of ten. He has held many positions at Correct Craft over the years including President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Board for more than 25 years, helping shape the company into an innovative leader in the water ski and wake sports industry.
Ralph has traveled the globe helping to build Correct Craft and Nautique as premier brands for water ski and wakeboard enthusiasts worldwide. He has visited 85 different nations through the years and was instrumental in selling boats to water ski federations in numerous countries that are usually impossible to get into. While he is no longer able to travel internationally as an ambassador for Correct Craft, there is not a country that a Correct Craft employee visits that he does not get asked about Ralph Meloon. Ralph was part of many historic moments in the sport of water skiing, includingbeing the very first boat driver for the Cypress Gardens ski shows. Correct Craft boats were used at Cypress Gardens for over 50 years, and Ralph and Dick Pope< Sr. remained friends throughout Dick's life.
Under Ralph's leadership, the company established the first water ski team and developed the first water ski promostional program in the United States, which is still used to date by Nautique and extensively in the water sports segment of the market in the United States. Ralph was instumental in many innovations including introducing Ski Nautique water ski boats, Air Nautique wakeboard boats, the Total Wake Control hull, and the Smart Pod 2000 dash pod.
Today, at age 99, Ralph continues to be the face of Correct Craft and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus. In 1994, Ralph, his brother, and his nephew recieved the Award of Distinction for their leadership and support of the sport of water skiing. Ralph is not only a great ambassador for Correct Craft promoting boating and water sports, but he has also been active in giving back to the community. Heis on the Board of Gideons, Christian Business Men's Commitee, Prison Minitries, and Orlando Union Rescue Mission. He continuously lives out his faith through work and truly believes "Building boats to the glory of God," took precedent over all other business philosophies.