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: Dealers are exempt from Dodd-Frank

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is reminding boat dealers that they are exempt from the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform law. There have been concerns about the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, colloquially known as Dodd-Frank, and its application to boat dealers, according to an MRAA release. The MRAA has even been…more

MRAA seeks nominations for young leaders council

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is reaching out to a new generation to help shape the future of the marine industry. The MRAA is accepting nominations and applications for its Young Leaders Advisory Council, a group to represent the thinking of the next generation of marine retailers. The MRAA said the council also…more

MRAA executive administrator retires

Marge Eckenroad, executive administrator with the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, is retiring after 36 years with the association. She began working with the MRAA in 1976 on a part-time basis and joined full time in 1989. She worked with the leadership of the association throughout her career, and alongside immediate past president Phil…more

MRAA announces two new partnerships

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced that Dominion Marine Media renewed its support of the association as a partner member and that the MRAA is partnering with Priority One Financial Services to create a new member benefit for its Rewards Program. Dominion, an MRAA partner for a number of years, most recently announced…more

Bank of the West joins MRAA as platinum partner

Bank of the West joined the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas as a platinum partner, the highest level of support for the association. Bank of the West has been focused on expanding its marine market portfolio during the last few years. It serves dealers across the country with retail and floorplan lending. “Bank of…more

MRAA president named to Amtech board

Matt Gruhn, president of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, was named to the board of directors of the Association of Marine Technicians. Gruhn brings more than 15 years of industry experience to the Amtech board, the majority of which was spent at Boating Industry magazine and its numerous ancillary products. He was named…more

MRAA supports dredging funds in next federal budget

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas recently sent a letter to members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations seeking support for a proposal to include funding for dredging small and low-use ports in the fiscal 2013 budget. In a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the MRAA said it…more

MRAA debuts nationwide insurance program

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced that the MRAA Rewards Insurance Program, available through Norman-Spencer Marine Insurance Services to MRAA members, was rolled out nationwide March 1. The MRAA Rewards coverage, which is part of the agency’s AquaPac program, offers consumers broad, affordable insurance coverage that accommodates the full spectrum of boats, the…more

Marine groups detail online progress

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas unveiled a new website and Dominion Marine Media reported significant growth in website visitors. The MRAA launched a new website that it said will change the way the group and its members conduct business. The site incorporates a database management system, customer relations management and e-newsletter tools, e-commerce…more

MRAA offers discount with payment processor

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced a new affinity partnership with TSYS Merchant Solutions. The partnership will provide dealers with preferred pricing on credit card processing, check guarantee and conversion, mobile payment solutions and gift card processing. “The ability to easily and securely accept any type of payment has become a fundamental element…more

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