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 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

MRAA offers discount on Spader products

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Spader Business Management are expanding their relationship. Spader has developed two new products — Profit Production Tools & Resources and True Online Dashboards — designed to make dealers more financially sound. Profit Production Tools & Resources provides dealers with an analysis of their financial statements and provides…more

MRAA urges continued funding for Wallop-Breaux

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is asking members to let the House of Representatives know they support funding The American Energy and Infrastructure Act, which includes funding for the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Safety Fund. The bill is expected to come up for a floor vote Thursday, the MRAA’s Larry Innis said…more

MRAA will co-host American Boating Congress

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas will serve as a co-host of the American Boating Congress, set for April 24-25 in Washington, D.C. The group will host a full board meeting at this year’s event and will actively promote the gathering to its members and encourage their participation. One of the top joint action…more

MRAA seeks reinvention on 40th anniversary

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2012. “The foundation of the MRAA has always been to represent a united voice of the industry’s retailers, as well as to make their roles as retailers as efficient and cost-effective as possible,” MRAA president Matt Gruhn said in a statement. “Together with…more

MRAA offers CSI customer survey deal

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas added a new member benefit program with longtime partner Customer Service Intelligence. The benefit, offered as part of the MRAA’s Rewards Program and available only to association members, provides a package deal worth a 40 percent savings, or more than $700 off the regular annual price of CSI’s…more

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