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.

MRAA offers CSI customer survey deal

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas added a new member benefit program with longtime partner Customer Service Intelligence. The benefit, offered as part of the MRAA’s Rewards Program and available only to association members, provides a package deal worth a 40 percent savings, or more than $700 off the regular annual price of CSI’s…more

MRAA hands out awards at annual meeting

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced that the following awards were presented last month at the Marine Dealers Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla. Past MRAA chairman Ed Lofgren, of 3A Marine Service, received the Irv Rosenthal Award. It is presented annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to the work of…more

Cobalt 20 Group joins MRAA

The Cobalt 20 Group, made up of 20 non-competing Cobalt dealers from across the country, recently became a patron member of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, the association announced. “We are very grateful for the Cobalt group’s support,” MRAA president Matt Gruhn said in a statement. “As a group of some of the…more


Retiring Keeter: I’m not going away

Phil Keeter may be retiring as president of the Marine Retailers Association of America at the end of this month, but don’t expect him to become one of those people who does nothing but go out for meals with his buddies. “I don’t want to be one of the old guys having breakfast on Friday…more

MRAA names 2012 officers, board members

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas recently named its new officers and board members. David Foulkrod, of Ron Hoover RV & Marine, was re-elected chairman; Steve Baum, of Boat Owners Warehouse, was re-elected vice chairman; and Randy Wattenbarger, of Cleveland Boat Center, was re-elected secretary/treasurer. Members also voted to elect Joe Hoffmaster and Jim…more

MRAA undergoes name change

The Marine Retailers Association of America changed its name to the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, signifying an expanding focus on the North American dealer body. The name change is accompanied by an expansion of the group’s board of directors, which now represents 11 regions, including Canada. Paul Nickel, president of Pride Marine Group…more

MDCE 2011: MRAA teams with Dominion on dealer sessions

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Marine Retailers Association of America announced at the 2011 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo that it is partnering with Dominion Marine Media to create Marine Retail University. The series of regional education conferences is designed to offer professional development opportunities to dealers across North America. “These events will highlight areas of…more


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

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