MRAA

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 releases annual retailer handbook

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas unveiled its second annual MRAA Guide to Success, a handbook with tips, ideas and next practices designed to help marine retailers outperform the market in 2014.

40 or younger and flush with ideas

The so-called graying of the industry has been a hot topic lately. Discussions have ranged from how to attract younger people to boating to ways to integrate youthful ideas with the wisdom that only decades of experience can impart.

Certification becomes more dealer-friendly

The Marine Industry Certified Dealership program is evolving. The initiative, which the National Marine Manufacturers Association had run until it was recently taken over by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, is going to be offered in tiers now instead of a one-size-fits-all format.

MRAA revamps certified dealership program

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas recently assumed responsibility for managing, administering and marketing the Marine Industry Certified Dealership program and that will translate to big changes in the Grow Boating initiative. The group is planning to soft-launch tiered options for the program at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo that takes place Nov.…more

MRAA announces partnership renewals

Soundings Trade Only and Merrick Bank renewed their partner memberships with the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Skipper Bud’s renewed its partnership at the retail platinum level — the highest level of membership for marine retailers. A family-owned and operated business for more than 40 years, Skipper Bud’s is based in Winthrop Harbor,…more

MRAA young-leader event set for dealer conference

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas will hold its second annual Young Professionals Leadership Development event Nov. 19 at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. The event seeks to foster growth and networking opportunities for emerging leaders in the marine industry. The event will start in MDCE Room 1 at 7:45…more

MRAA seeks applicants for new scholarship

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Educational Foundation and Spader Business Management are seeking applicants for a newly announced scholarship. The Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship was founded to honor the marine industry service of Spader Business Management founder Duane Spader and his leadership philosophy of lifelong learning. The recipient, who receives the full…more

MRAA looks to fill regional director seats on board

Five regional director seats are being filled on the board of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas. The following dealers were nominated for the 2014-16 term: • Region 4: Jeff Hall, Hall Marine Group • Region 6: Jeff Haradine, Wakeside Marine •·Region 7: Dave Briggs, Wayzata Marine •·Region 9: Martin Boyer, Austin Boats &…more

MRAA seeks scholarship applicants

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Educational Foundation is seeking applicants for the 2013 Kevin Lodder Scholarship. The Kevin Lodder Scholarship Fund, which was founded in memory of Kevin Lodder, of Lodder’s Marine in Fairfield, Ohio, provides a full scholarship to attend a weeklong Spader Business Management Total Management 1 Workshop to an employee…more

MRAA names new director of certification and benefits

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas named Sonja Moseley as its director of certification and benefits. Moseley, who recently earned a master’s degree in non-profit studies, most recently was executive director of the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association. There she led a team that stabilized and strengthened the association, creating systems and processes that…more

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