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.

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

MRAA wants Grow Boating funds restored

The Marine Retailers Association of America is asking the Grow Boating board of directors for full funding to be restored to the program and the redirection of engine assessment funds to be halted. The MRAA board made the motion at its April 23 meeting. The MRAA asked that the motion be passed along by the…more

MRAA: Small businesses are seeking online loans

The Marine Retailers Association of America says an increasing number of small businesses are using online loan companies to finance operations and acquisitions. The MRAA says overall lending dropped 7.5 percent in 2009, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. That’s the largest decline since 1942. Click here for the full release.

MRAA list details health care law changes

The Marine Retailers Association of America released a bullet-point summary detailing the changes marine businesses can expect as a result of the new health care laws. The MRAA worked with the Norman-Spencer Insurance Agency to create the list, which details when parts of the law will go into effect during the next eight years. Click…more

MRAA names new board member

The Marine Retailers Association of America appointed Joe Hoffmaster, of Hoffmaster’s Marina, Woodbridge, Va., to the board of directors as representative of Region Three. Hoffmaster will complete the unexpired term of Jim Browning, who recently resigned. Hoffmaster is the second-generation owner of Hoffmaster’s Marina. He is a member of the Spader 20 Group and a…more

MRAA: Ocean policy has anti-fishing bias

The Marine Retailers Association of America has weighed in on the direction the President’s Council on Environmental Quality might be taking on recreational fishing, saying a preliminary report seems to have a “clear anti-fishing bias.” The special task force was charged with developing a national policy for conserving and managing ocean territory and the Great…more

MRAA wants members to fight health care bill

The Marine Retailers Association of America is urging its members to contact their congressional representatives and tell them they want Congress to “start over on health care reform and work on a true bipartisan basis to write a health care plan that is wanted by America.” The House leadership is in the final days to…more

MRAA: Obama remark was a ‘slap in the face’

The Marine Retailers Association of America recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama regarding comments he made during a speech in New Hampshire where he equated buying a boat with irresponsible behavior by consumers. “MRAA noted the remarks were both unfortunate and inopportune and told the President that he should not have singled out…more

MRAA to study the use of Grow Boating funds

The Marine Retailers Association of America board of directors will launch a study into how 85 percent of Grow Boating engine assessment funds were used last year to increase boat sales. The Advisory Council of Marine Associations has asked the board to look into the issue. When the Grow Boating national campaign was suspended, 85…more

MRAA names Russo to membership task force

The Marine Retailers Association of America appointed Larry Russo Sr. to chair a newly formed task force to review its membership programs. Russo is president and CEO of Russo Marine in Medford, Mass., and a past chairman of the MRAA. “The association is seeking new initiatives and strategies to redefine and enhance its membership programs,”…more

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