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: 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

MRAA petitions for estate-tax relief

The Marine Retailers Association of America joined with 43 other national small business trade associations in asking the Senate to pass permanent estate tax legislation that improves upon the House-passed bill. MRAA has long supported total repeal of the estate tax, a tax originally passed in the late 1800s to pay for the Spanish-American War,…more

MRAA supports working-waterfront bill

The Marine Retailers Association of America recently sent a letter to Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, in support for the Working Waterfronts Grants Bill. The bill currently has 22 cosponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources. MRAA told Rep. Pingree that the nation’s cultural heritage is closely anchored to working waterfronts…more

MRAA holds ‘young leaders’ council

The Marine Retailers Association of America’s newly formed Young Leaders Advisory Council recently held its first meeting in Orlando. During the meeting, Carly Poole of the Canadian dealership Buckeye Marine was elected chairwoman, and Ryan Hebert of Texas Marine was elected secretary. Other council members include: Brad Parker, Parker Boats of Daytona; Alex Russo, Russo…more

MRAA seeks grant applications

The Marine Retailers Association of America Educational Foundation is accepting applications from state, regional and local marine trades associations for a matching fund grant of $1,500 for technical scholarships. It is required that the marine trades association applying be a member in good standing of the MRAA in order to qualify for the grant and…more

MRAA, ABYC offer certification scholarships

The MRAA Educational Foundation and the American Boat & Yacht Council have partnered to provide scholarships to attend one of eight ABYC technical work force training and certification courses offered throughout the United States and Canada. The scholarships will be available to all MRAA members in good standing and will include course fees, the study…more

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

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