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.

Former MRAA chairman accused of mob ties

The news that former Marine Retailers Association of America chairman Glenn Mazzella was charged along with 126 others last month as part of a sting against some of the East Coast’s most notorious organized crime families seemed to come as a surprise to the industry. “I was as surprised as most people to read it,”…more

MRAA seeks applicants for new president

The Marine Retailers Association of America is seeking applicants for a new president to replace Phil Keeter when he retires at the end of the year. “The process will be extensive and thorough. We will be looking nationwide for our new president,” MRAA chairman Dave Foulkrod said in a statement. “MRAA intends to have a…more

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: MRAA president talks about the industry’s future

Retiring Marine Retailers Association of America president Phil Keeter spoke on camera with Trade Only editor-in-chief Bill Sisson in September at IBEX. The longtime association leader discussed the recession and the challenges his members face as he looked ahead to 2011 and beyond. {flv}keeter{/flv} Click play for a portion of that interview.

Site might help consumers, but MRAA warns it could hurt dealers

A new website that provides consumers with information, including pricing, on boats and other sports products will soon go live and the Marine Retailers Association of America has issued an alert to its members about the site.  See Dealer Cost is similar to sites in the automotive market in that it is not a selling…more

Former MRAA director remembered

Tandy Counce, former director of the Marine Retailers Association of America and the owner of Counce Marine in Memphis, Tenn., passed away Jan. 2 at his home in Germantown, Tenn. He was 79. Counce had owned and operated Counce Marine since 1962. He served several terms on the board of the retailers association, was the…more

MRAA president announces retirement

Marine Retailers Association of America president Phil Keeter will retire from the position at year’s end. Keeter has been president of the association since 1988. He was one of the 12 founding dealer members of the group in 1972. “It has been my privilege and honor to have represented the marine dealers throughout North America…more

MRAA details provisions of small-business law

The Marine Retailers Association of America issued a membership advisory today on the tax provisions of the small-business lending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law on Monday. In addition to revisions to the Small Business Administration’s loan programs that were identified in an earlier membership advisory, the new law provides several tax relief…more

MRAA urges dealers to oppose E15

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to decide on using an E15 ethanol standard later this month or early next month, and the Marine Retailers Association of America is asking dealers to contact the White House and express their opposition to E15. Last year, a pro-ethanol association of primarily corn co-ops and farmers petitioned…more

Program set for dealer conference

The lineup for this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, set for Nov. 14-17 in Orlando, Fla., is finalized, organizers announced. The Sales & Marketing and Service Department tracks from 2009 are back with new sessions. In addition, a third track – Powering Profits – was added with sessions geared specifically toward dealer principals. The…more

MRAA: Health care bill includes accounting requirement

The new health care bill will impose significant burdens on businesses by requiring them to issue a Form 1099 to all vendors from which the business does more than $600 per year in purchases, the Marine Retailers Association of America said in an advisory to its membership. To meet this new requirement, which goes into…more

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