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 seeks woman of the year nominations

The Marine Retailers Association of America is seeking nominations for this year’s Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award. The award 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 and the advancement of women in the…more

MRAA requests changes to SBA floorplan program

The Marine Retailers Association of America sent a letter to the Small Business Administration last week regarding concerns over the agency’s new floorplan financing program for boat dealers. “MRAA is very concerned that the guidelines as written are geared more to the business model of auto dealerships and if the guidelines remain unchanged boat dealers…more

Galey given SCMA achievement award

Don Galey of Galey’s Marine Supply was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this month by the Southern California Marine Association during the organization’s board of directors meeting. “Don Galey exemplifies the very best in the business of marine retailing,” said Phil Keeter, president of the Marine Retailers Association of America, in presenting the…more

MRAA offers fact sheet on SBA program

The Marine Retailers Association of America is distributing a Fact Sheet on the Small Business Administration’s 7(a) loan program. Working with the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the National Marine Bankers Association, MRAA has been looking into government sponsored programs to help alleviate the difficulties with floorplan financing in today’s economy. One of the major…more

More builders delaying 2010 rollouts

The Marine Retailers Association of America is surveying manufacturers to see how many plan to move back the rollout of 2010 models, and early results show many plan to wait until early fall to introduce new product. The survey was sent to 350 boatbuilders, according to MRAA president Phil Keeter. Results from 25 manufacturers — received…more

MRAA pushing for small business loans

The Marine Retailers Association of America is urging its members to contact the White House in support of extending loans usually reserved for small businesses to dealers, making it easier for them to borrow money to acquire new and used boats. The MRAA met this week with the National Association of Guaranteed Government Loans, which…more

MRAA seeks young industry leaders

The Marine Retailers Association of America is setting up a new Young Leaders Advisory Board to represent the next generation of marine retailers. The mission of the new group is to “contribute a fresh, unique resource of thoughts and ideas to the MRAA board for the continued efforts to improve and grow the association and…more


Q&A with Ed Lofgren, Chairman of the Marine Retailers Association of America

Ed Lofgren, 71, is chairman of the Marine Retailers Association of America and the primary owner and operator of 3A Marine Service, a Hingham, Mass.-based boat dealership. Active in the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, Lofgren is a longtime member of the board of directors, where he serves as education chairman. He also helped found the…more

Brunswick moves back 2010 model introductions

The 2010 model year introduction for 10 Brunswick boat brands has been moved to September 2009, a change that has the support of the Marine Retailers Association of America. “MRAA has encouraged manufacturers to move the introduction of new product to the fall for the last two decades,” said Ed Lofgren, MRAA chairman, in a…more

MRAA agenda includes ethanol-related issues

The Marine Retailers Association of America recently outlined its legislative agenda for 2009. Based on recommendations provided by the Advisory Council of Marine Associations, the MRAA board of directors approved six resolutions on legislative issues and other MRAA activities. The six issues relate to ethanol gasoline additive standards; the Clean Boating Act; boating safety education;…more

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