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 Educational Foundation names Liz Walz executive director

Liz Walz has been named executive director of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation created in 2004 to provide the recreational marine trades with financial support for education, training and professional development. “We see an opportunity to infuse the foundation with some fresh ideas and direction,” MRAA Educational Foundation…more

Houston trade group names first female president

The Boating Trades Association of Metropolitan Houston installed its first female president in the group’s 65-year history. Marine Retailers Association of the Americas president Matt Gruhn named Debra Ingerman as president of the association on July 24. Ingerman grew up in the recreational marine industry, getting her start working with her father, Harold Sharp, who…more

Nominations for Woman of the Year Award due by Aug. 31

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ Educational Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2013 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award. The award was founded in 1987 and is presented annually to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry at any level. It recognizes “long and devoted service, untiring commitment…more


IBEX 2011: VIDEO: Interview with MRAA’s Phil Keeter

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.

MRAA seeks nominations for young leaders council

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

MRAA takes over dealer certification program

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced today that it will assume the management, administration and promotional responsibilities for Grow Boating’s 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

Popular speaker will return to dealer conference

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

Dealer conference plans 2013 pre-event workshops

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

MRAA touts member savings in shipping program

Marine Retailers Association of the Americas members saved more than $90,500 in 2012 through the MRAA’s 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

MRAA adds staff members

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

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