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 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

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

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