NMMA

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the United States and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle.

Maverick Boats president Scott Deal was honored for his “tireless efforts” on behalf of saltwater fishing              regulatory reform.

Deal, Pfeiffer among ABC award recipients

The Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award was presented to Maverick Boats president Scott Deal, the first time the award has been bestowed at the American Boating Congress.

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A blue-collar focus at ‘productive’ ABC

The issues were many when recreational boating and fishing stakeholders gathered in Washington, D.C., for the American Boating Congress May 15-17, but the one that stole the spotlight was the acute shortage of technicians in all industry segments.

There’s a lot of networking when the boating industry gathers each May in Washington, D.C.

An old message for new ears

Organizers of the American Boating Congress, which will be held May 15-17 in Washington, D.C., say this year will offer new opportunities to get boating’s message heard on Capitol Hill.

The NMMA says 95 percent of boats sold in the U.S. are manufactured in this country.

Industry is on a roll, NMMA says

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is touting the marine industry’s 2016 gains, emphasizing that it is one of the “few American-made industries.”

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Q&A with NMMA VP of federal and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros

Ethanol, trade deals, workforce shortages, saltwater fishing access — there isn’t a boating issue you can toss at Nicole Vasilaros that she isn’t well versed on. Chances are, she’s already had multiple conversations about it with members of Congress as she lobbies on behalf of the industry on Capitol Hill.

Our vote goes to ABC attendee Donald Parkhurst of SunTrust Bank. There was plenty of presidential election paraphernalia, such as these cardboard cutouts, at this year’s conference.

An ‘invigorating,’ productive ABC

Record-setting attendance, promising meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, better prepared stakeholders and a diverse group of speakers combined to make this year’s American Boating Congress a success, organizers say.

Marine industry representatives listened intently to a diverse array of speakers at last year’s ABC. The focus at the sessions is on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the boating business.

It’s lobbying season

The presidential election has heightened the importance of the American Boating Congress, giving the marine industry the opportunity to get its message across to influential lawmakers at a crucial time.

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How student loans crimp boat sales

Thom Dammrich says there’s a simple solution to the boating industry’s problems — forgive, or at least lower, the interest on student debt. The National Marine Manufacturers Association president says a crisis in homeownership is hurting the U.S. marine industry, but he maintains the situation could be eased if the burden of student debt weren’t…more

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