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.


Retiring Keeter: I’m not going away

Phil Keeter may be retiring as president of the Marine Retailers Association of America at the end of this month, but don’t expect him to become one of those people who does nothing but go out for meals with his buddies. “I don’t want to be one of the old guys having breakfast on Friday…more

MRAA names 2012 officers, board members

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas recently named its new officers and board members. David Foulkrod, of Ron Hoover RV & Marine, was re-elected chairman; Steve Baum, of Boat Owners Warehouse, was re-elected vice chairman; and Randy Wattenbarger, of Cleveland Boat Center, was re-elected secretary/treasurer. Members also voted to elect Joe Hoffmaster and Jim…more

MRAA undergoes name change

The Marine Retailers Association of America changed its name to the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, signifying an expanding focus on the North American dealer body. The name change is accompanied by an expansion of the group’s board of directors, which now represents 11 regions, including Canada. Paul Nickel, president of Pride Marine Group…more

MDCE 2011: MRAA teams with Dominion on dealer sessions

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Marine Retailers Association of America announced at the 2011 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo that it is partnering with Dominion Marine Media to create Marine Retail University. The series of regional education conferences is designed to offer professional development opportunities to dealers across North America. “These events will highlight areas of…more


MDCE 2011: A tribute to Phil Keeter

ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 150 people came out Tuesday night at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo to honor and roast Phil Keeter, who soon will be retiring as president of the Marine Retailers Association of America. Its first and only president, Keeter has not only led the group for more than 20 years,…more

Marine groups support regulation reform bill

The Marine Retailers Association of America and the National Marine Distributors Association are two of more than 60 groups that are urging Congress to support H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011. In a letter dated Nov. 2 the groups asked the Judiciary Committee to report the bill to the full House for consideration.…more

MRAA wants tax credit protected from deficit-reduction plan

The Marine Retailers Association of America is urging dealers to tell the congressional supercommittee that is working on a deficit reduction plan to retain the primary and secondary home mortgage interest deduction. With six of the 12 committee members publicly advocating increased tax revenue, the MRAA is concerned that the panel could consider elimination of…more

MRAA seeks award nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award, the Marine Retailers Association of America announced. This 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…more

MRAA forms opposition to life-jacket mandate

The Marine Retailers Association of America is urging its members to let Congress know they oppose proposals to make life-jacket wear mandatory. Several federal government agencies, led by the Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety, are working to require all boaters to wear life jackets on boats. Included on the list of government agencies are…more

MRAA opposes disclosure condition for federal bids

The Marine Retailers Association of America is one of more than 80 organizations to sign on to a letter asking President Barack Obama not to sign an executive order that would require companies to disclose their political spending — and that of their officers and directors — as a condition for bidding for federal contracts.…more

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