NMLA and Lending

The National Marine Lenders Association is a trade association of boat lending specialists. Members include financial institutions such as commercial banks, private financing firms, savings and loan companies, credit unions and retail service companies. Members extend or originate credit to consumers, retailers/dealers and makers of recreational boats and equipment.

NMBA conference plans focus on disaster preparations

Because so many National Marine Bankers Association members felt the brunt of Hurricane Sandy last October, the group plans to focus on disaster preparedness at its annual marine lending conference in September. The conference committee hired Norris L. Beren, executive director of Risk Reduction Education, to advise attendees about protecting their business in the event…more

NMBA survey: More marine lenders, smaller loans

National Marine Bankers Association survey results for the first quarter show that although new lenders are offering boat loans, loan amounts are at an 18-month low and credit requirements are more stringent than in 2012. Service companies reported that 64 percent of loan origination was signed with new banks or finance companies in the last…more

NMBA president seeks to grow the ranks

The National Marine Bankers Association has a new president for the first time in three years. New president Mike Bryant, who has been in boat lending since 1978 and is the co-founder of Trident Funding, has plans to grow the group. Membership has taken a hit post-recession, when the industry lost several lenders and several…more

CLARIFICATION: GE Capital responds to Trade story

GE Capital said it is not predicting a U.S. unemployment rate of 7 percent this year and does not consider that forecast by others to be upbeat. A story in Trade Only Today on Thursday about a GE Capital presentation at the Miami International Boat Show reported GE Capital economist Rob Podorefsky as predicting a…more

NMBA survey indicates increase in lending

Marine lenders continued to report increased activity in 2012, with 58 percent of respondents to a National Marine Bankers Association survey indicating volume was up year over year for the quarter that ended Dec. 31. That was despite overall credit criteria tightening, 17 percent of respondents indicated, meaning that “those with strong credit profiles are…more

NMBA names 2013 officers

The National Marine Bankers Association elected Peggy Bodenreider, Jim Coburn and Mike Smith to serve three-year terms on the association’s board. The 2013 NMBA officers will be Michael Bryant serving as president Peggy Bodenreider as vice president, Jayme Yates as secretary and Bill Otto as treasurer.

GE Capital invests in certified-dealer program

GE Capital’s recently announced contribution to the Grow Boating effort will be dedicated to the Five Star Dealer Certification Program. “We’ve invested a lot in that. We just believe in and do business with a lot of dealers who are in the process of becoming certified,” GE Capital marine group president Bruce Van Wagoner told…more

NMBA survey reports more lending in 3Q

A report issued by the National Marine Bankers Association shows increased lending through the third quarter of 2012, but it also suggested that credit criteria were growing more stringent. “The survey results reflect the slow road to recovery that I spoke about in my presentation at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference,” NMBA director Jim…more

MRAA offers regulatory compliance guide

NEWPORT, R.I. – In coordination with discussions at the National Marine Bankers Association conference about increasing federal regulations on the banking industry, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas released a Federal Regulatory Compliance Guide. The Dodd-Frank Act contains eight regulations that pertain to marine dealers, but to go in and pick out the small…more

Marine bankers battle regulatory hurdles

NEWPORT, R.I. – Federal regulations were a big topic Monday during the National Marine Bankers Association conference here. Michael Benoit, a partner at Hudson Cook LLP, told attendees that Title 10, or Dodd-Frank legislation, has made it possible for more government oversight and regulation. The fear of earning unwanted attention from overseers will begin to…more

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