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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is the only North American trade group dedicated to furthering the interests of boat and engine dealers and other marine-related retailers in North America. Under MRAA Rewards, the association offers its members cost-saving, revenue-generating, business improvement and professional development benefits.

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MDCE 2011: A tribute to Phil Keeter

ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 150 people came out Tuesday night at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo to honor and roast Phil Keeter, who soon will be retiring as president of the Marine Retailers Association of America. Its first and only president, Keeter has not only led the group for more than 20 years,…more

Marine groups support regulation reform bill

The Marine Retailers Association of America and the National Marine Distributors Association are two of more than 60 groups that are urging Congress to support H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011. In a letter dated Nov. 2 the groups asked the Judiciary Committee to report the bill to the full House for consideration.…more

MRAA wants tax credit protected from deficit-reduction plan

The Marine Retailers Association of America is urging dealers to tell the congressional supercommittee that is working on a deficit reduction plan to retain the primary and secondary home mortgage interest deduction. With six of the 12 committee members publicly advocating increased tax revenue, the MRAA is concerned that the panel could consider elimination of…more

MRAA seeks award nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award, the Marine Retailers Association of America announced. This award is presented annually to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry at any level. It recognizes long and devoted service, untiring commitment and the advancement of women in…more

MRAA forms opposition to life-jacket mandate

The Marine Retailers Association of America is urging its members to let Congress know they oppose proposals to make life-jacket wear mandatory. Several federal government agencies, led by the Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety, are working to require all boaters to wear life jackets on boats. Included on the list of government agencies are…more

MRAA opposes disclosure condition for federal bids

The Marine Retailers Association of America is one of more than 80 organizations to sign on to a letter asking President Barack Obama not to sign an executive order that would require companies to disclose their political spending — and that of their officers and directors — as a condition for bidding for federal contracts.…more

MRAA names next president

The Marine Retailers Association of America named Matt Gruhn the next president of the organization. He will succeed Phil Keeter, who is retiring at the end of 2011. “We went through a very extensive process,” MRAA chairman Dave Foulkrod told Soundings Trade Only this morning. The association received more than 90 résumés. “[Gruhn] was very…more

MRAA asks Senate to repeal 1099 requirement

The Marine Retailers Association of America sent a letter to U.S. Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urging them to support an amendment to repeal the expanded IRS Form 1099 reporting requirement for small businesses. “It supports full repeal of the expanded 1099 reporting requirement where small businesses would have to report all…more

MRAA president search draws wide interest

About 70 applications have been received by the Marine Retailers Association of America in its search for a president to replace Phil Keeter, who is retiring at the end of the year. MRAA chairman Dave Foulkrod, in an e-mail to Soundings Trade Only, said the association’s office had received 69 applications as of March 23…more

House votes to repeal 1099 requirement

The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed H.R. 4, which would repeal the IRS requirement that small businesses file Form 1099s to all vendors where the small business made annual purchases over $600, the Marine Retailers Association of America reported. The requirement is in the health care reform law signed in March 2010. The MRAA…more

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