LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Soundings Trade Only editor-in-chief William Sisson talked Tuesday with outgoing MRAA president Phil Keeter about his decades-long perspective on the industry, what lies ahead and how to attract more people to boating. In Keeter’s view, the marine industry should expect modest growth in a smaller industry in the years ahead.
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.
The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas will accept nominations and applications for its Young Leaders Advisory Council for just a few more days. [The council] has been an incredible benefit to the MRAA, MRAA president Matt Gruhn said in a statement. Not only does this group bring a new level of energy to the…more
The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced today that it will assume the management, administration and promotional responsibilities for Grow Boatings Marine Five Star Dealership Certification Program, effective immediately. Our mission here at MRAA is to create stronger, healthier dealers and by bringing certification in-house we now have a very direct opportunity to make…more
The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced in its newsletter that popular speaker Sam Dantzler is returning to the 2013 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in November. Several dealers at last year’s conference told Trade Only Today that Dantzler was their favorite speaker and feedback showed he was the highest-rated speaker in the history…more
The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which has seen a 173 percent increase from the number of registrants prior to May 1, 2012, announced it will feature an all-new series of pre-conference workshops at its 2013 event, set for Nov. 17-20 in Orlando, Fla. The new series will feature seven workshops and is scheduled for…more
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas members saved more than $90,500 in 2012 through the MRAAs member Rewards Shipping Program. The program, facilitated by PartnerShip, helped MRAA members who participated save $323.53, on average, more than $20 more than they invested in membership, the MRAA announced. This program is one of the foundational benefits that…more
The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is expanding with two new hires. The group has brought on Michael Geatz as marketing coordinator and Michele Rosacker as administrative assistant. As a senior at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., Geatz took Web design and marketing courses and will graduate in mid-May. Last summer he interned…more
The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is taking over management of the Wisconsin Marine Association. The Wisconsin Marine Association, now based in Minneapolis, is a 4-year-old marine trades association that serves the state of Wisconsin, the MRAA said. It was managed primarily as a marina association for most of its existence, but it recently…more
Following on the heels of a successful Massachusetts Marine Retail University last month, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Dominion Marine Media are joining with the Empire State Marine Trades Association to bring a sixth MRU to Albany, N.Y. The Norman-Spencer Marine Retail University is a series of one-day events that offer dealers…more
A Massachusetts community college president wants to turn a new Ocean Campus Center he is working to open in Marshfield, Mass., into a hub for marine training. Massasoit Community College president Charles Wall says the prospects for the school, which would train workers in the recreational and commercial marine industry, are higher now than they…more