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 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

MRAA supports amendment tied to SBA floorplan program

The Marine Retailers Association of America recently sent a letter to Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat and chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, saying it “strongly supports” and asks for prompt consideration of a floor amendment to H.R. 5297, the Small Business Lending Fund Act. The amendment would raise the…more

MRAA applauds Grow Boating relaunch

The Marine Retailers Association of America, in an advisory to members, said it is pleased that the redirection of 85 percent of the Grow Boating Engine Assessment is ending July 1, but it is disappointed that full funding is not being restored to Grow Boating immediately. Dealers who have been seeing the full Grow Boating…more

MRAA seeks ‘young leaders’ nominations

The Marine Retailers Association of America is seeking nominations for its Young Leaders Advisory Council. YLAC is looking for nominees to meet twice a year and provide ideas and insights, as well as working jointly with council members on subcommittees pertaining to their expertise. The outcome and recommendations from these meetings are then presented to…more

MRAA seeks Senate support for dealer amendment

The Marine Retailers Association of America is asking its members to contact certain U.S. senators in support of the Brownback Boat Dealer Amendment. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, has filed two amendments, one exempting auto dealers only and one exempting auto, RV and boat dealers, from the Senate Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Bill. The bill’s…more

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