The National Marine Manufacturers Association outlined its merger with the Southern California Marine Association, including taking over production of SCMA boat shows.
With the integration, which received a 94 percent approval from SCMA voters, SCMA and its members will be a part of the NMMA under the newly formed NMMA West, according to a statement.
The NMMA will take on all of SCMA’s assets, maintain SCMA staff in its existing Southern California office and produce the San Diego Yacht & Boat Show, Long Beach Yacht & Boat Show and Los Angeles Boat Show, beginning with the San Diego show, which takes place July 26-29.
“Our industry has undergone dramatic changes over the course of the past decade, and NMMA believes in staying ahead of these changes to ensure we’re able to continue doing what’s right for recreational boating,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. “By bringing SCMA into NMMA, we’re confident we’ll be able to improve how we position the industry for growth — in Southern California and throughout the U.S.”
SCMA members who were not already NMMA members will receive three years of paid NMMA membership as part of the integration. To guide the specific needs of its new members in Southern California, a dedicated board of directors will be formed and will report to the NMMA board.
SCMA’s integration with NMMA comes on the heels of its decision to open associate NMMA membership to boat dealers, retailers and distributors as it adapts to an industry that increasingly requires all segments to work together to be successful.
“We’ve been looking for ways to improve offerings for members of SCMA and reignite the recreational boating industry in Southern California — the integration with NMMA was a natural move to help achieve these goals,” NMMA West executive director Dave Geoffroy said in a statement.