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 president search draws wide interest

About 70 applications have been received by the Marine Retailers Association of America in its search for a president to replace Phil Keeter, who is retiring at the end of the year. MRAA chairman Dave Foulkrod, in an e-mail to Soundings Trade Only, said the association’s office had received 69 applications as of March 23…more

House votes to repeal 1099 requirement

The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed H.R. 4, which would repeal the IRS requirement that small businesses file Form 1099s to all vendors where the small business made annual purchases over $600, the Marine Retailers Association of America reported. The requirement is in the health care reform law signed in March 2010. The MRAA…more

MRAA unveils certified used-boat program

The Marine Retailers Association of America, in conjunction with Titan Certified, developed a certified program that guarantees the condition of the engine, transmission, outdrive and generator to all buyers and sellers of used boats. With the association’s program, buyers are guaranteed that the boat they buy will be trouble-free for any issues relating to the…more

MRAA: Take advantage of health care tax credit

Tax season is here again, but this year brings opportunities that haven’t been available in the past, the Marine Retailers Association of America said in an advisory to its members. “Even though MRAA remains strongly opposed to the new health care law, the newly enacted law does provide a tax credit for small businesses with…more

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

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