Growing up with the New Jersey Shore in his backyard, Bill Tweedie learned to surf when he was 10 years old—and never stopped. Now 65 and living just eight miles south of Florida’s famed Cocoa Beach surfing mecca, Tweedie is about to get a whole more time on the water. The public face of MYCO trailers for 35 years, Tweedie is retiring from the company.
“I won’t miss another swell,” he said, then chuckled.
Few people in the high-performance marine industry are as universally beloved. Laidback by nature and graced with aloha spirit, Tweedie—a partner in MYCO trailers before its sale last year—earned a reputation as a man of his word, one who worked for a company that earned an equally solid reputation for delivering top-flight products. It wasn’t just a good match. It was a great one.
Though he’ll still stick with MYCO in a consulting role that includes attending major boating events, Tweedie, who handled the company’s sales and marketing initiatives, will be missed by his industry peers. Comments and congratulations from the likes of Brett Manire of Performance Boat Center, Peter Roberts of Double R Performance, former Mercury Racing head Fred Kiekhaefer and others began rolling onto the Speedonthewater Friends Facebook page the moment that the news of his departure went live.
“I hope Mr. Tweedie surfs a million waves in his retirement,” wrote Roberts.
“You earned it,” wrote Kiekhaefer. “Still, sad to see you go, my friend.”
Since the news of his departure broke, Tweedie also has been hearing directly from industry friends and colleagues, who more often than not are one in the same.
“I’ve had a lot of old friends calling and saying, ‘What the heck are you doing?’” said Tweedie. “But the thing is, I have the two grandkids hanging around and my wife, Deb, retired from teaching a couple of years ago. And I’m still heavily involved in surfing. In fact, I just came in from paddling. Surfing is something you can do for your entire life.
“When you retire, you’ve got to have something to do,” he continued. “Everyone I know who retired and didn’t eventually went back to work. MYCO is my legacy so I will stay on as a consultant and help out when they need me, but I can pass the baton now.”
Tweedie has nothing but gratitude for his outstanding career in the marine industry. And despite that chasing surf can itself become a full-time job—one he plans to pursue with even more vigor than usual—he knows he’ll miss his previous full-time gig.
“This has been the most enjoyable business,” he said. “I’ve been able to smile every day, and that’s especially true when you build great products, and I’ve made a lot of tremendous friends over the years.
“When I left the Miami Boat Show this year, I had the biggest smile on my face,” he added. “I remember where we started with MYCO, and to see where we are now—it was just so freaking cool.”