MRAA

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.

Publisher wins MRAA journalism honor

Bonnier Corp. group publisher Glenn Hughes received the Jerry Martin Journalism Award for consistent dedication in improving the boating lifestyle and for contributing to the success of the boating trade. “I am humbled by the award, considering there are so many deserving writers and individuals across our industry,” Hughes said in an email to Soundings…more

MRAA rolls out emerging-leaders community

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas launched a new Young Professionals Community to foster growth and networking opportunities among emerging leaders in the marine industry. The brainchild of the MRAA’s Young Leaders Advisory Council, the community will offer industry participants new ways to interact with one another and grow in their careers. The MRAA…more

MRAA annual meeting set for November

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas will host its annual meeting Nov. 12 in Orlando, Fla. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center just prior to the keynote educational session for the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. The MRAA is seeking nominations to its board. Four regional…more

Early registration deadline nears for dealer conference

The early bird registration rate for the 2012 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo will expire in one week. “We are on target with our registration goals and we’re moving into the last week before the early bird rate expires, so we’ll get a push next week,” Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Matt Gruhn told…more

MRAA will run Minnesota trade group operations

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas will assume the management of the North Central Marine Association. The NCMA, based in Minneapolis, is a nearly 60-year-old marine trades association that serves Minnesota and businesses from neighboring states. The award-winning trade association was managed for years by a local management firm, but when the recession hit…more

MRAA joins on warranty processing service

As a joint initiative between MarineLab and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, MarineLab Warranty Processing was recently launched to meet the growing needs of marine retailers that are looking for a more profitable way to process warranty reimbursements from manufacturers. This service, which is offered exclusively to MRAA members, allows retailers to maintain…more

MRAA names director of membership and marketing

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas hired Liz Walz as the organization’s director of membership and marketing. “Liz and I have had a long working relationship together, and I’m absolutely thrilled to add her passion and enthusiasm for the marine industry to the MRAA team,” MRAA president Matt Gruhn said in a statement. “There…more

Surviving dealers learn recession’s lessons

There are fewer dealers than in 2007 — the numbers floating around indicate about 35 or 40 percent fewer — and although people aren’t turning out in droves to buy boats, dealers appear to be realizing the fruits of the discipline imposed on them by what many have called the industry’s most brutal recession ever.…more

MRAA seeks workshop scholarship applicants

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ Educational Foundation is seeking applicants for the 2012 Kevin Lodder Scholarship. The Kevin Lodder Scholarship Fund provides a full scholarship to attend a weeklong Spader Business Management Total Management Workshop to an employee of an MRAA retail member, according to the organization. The workshop details skills that will…more

House votes to extend tax cuts through 2013

The House of Representatives voted 256-171 Thursday, along party lines, to extend the expiring tax cuts for households and businesses at all income levels through 2013. That’s according to an email from Larry Innis, who is in charge of legislative affairs for the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas. The vote came after the House…more

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