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.

Former NMMA officer honored by ICOMIA

Ron Stone, former NMMA director of government affairs, was given honorary membership in the International Council of Marine Industry Associations for his contributions to the marine business. Stone was presented with the honor earlier this month at the ICOMIA/IFSO Congress in Chicago. Stone opened the NMMA’s Washington, D.C., office in the late 1980s, retiring from…more

NMMA names top 10 boating states

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced the top 10 boating states, based on annual sales, and Discover Boating identified affordable, must-visit boating destinations within each state. “Considering 90 percent of Americans live within a one-hour drive of a body of water, boating is an ideal way to spend quality time outdoors with family and friends,”…more

NMMA head speaks at Senate roundtable

NMMA president Thom Dammrich participated Tuesday in a roundtable forum hosted by the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on the “State of Small Business Lending: Identifying Solutions and Exploring Obstacles.” The NMMA was invited to appear before the committee on behalf of the recreational marine industry as a result of the ongoing…more

NMMA accepting Freedman Award nominations

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is now accepting nominations for the 27th annual Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. The award, sponsored by the NMMA accessory manufacturers division’s board of directors, honors the memory of Freedman, a former NMMA shows committee chairman and active association member who helped found the association in 1979. The award…more

NMMA board votes to end redirection of Grow Boating funds

As the industry explores recasting its Discover Boating campaign, the NMMA’s boat manufacturers divisional board voted June 1 to end the redirection of Grow Boating assessments. The 85 percent redirection of Grow Boating assessments to manufacturers, approved in October 2008 by the NMMA board of directors, will end July 1. The halt will last at…more

NMMA head to speak at Regal factory showroom

Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, will address business leaders at the summer general meeting of the Marine Industry Association of Central Florida Thursday at the newly renovated Regal Factory Showroom in Orlando, Fla. “We expect there will be about 50 people in attendance,” said Thurlow Spurr, director of marketing development in…more


Industry makes its case to lawmakers

Expansion of loan programs and concerns about E15 are top issues at American Boating Congress An estimated 150 marine businessmen and women from around the nation descended on Capitol Hill May 6 to attend the American Boating Congress and talk legislation with their congressional representatives. “We’re going to be talking to the key decision-makers, those…more

NMMA president named chairman of conservation group

National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich was elected chairman of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council. Created in 1993, the council advises the Interior Secretary on nationally significant recreational fishing, boating and aquatic resources conservation. Dammrich, who had previously served a two-year term, will serve another two-year term as chairman of the council,…more

NMMA: Boat-sales decline slowed in first quarter

First quarter 2010 data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association shows a slowing in the decline of new powerboat sales – down 12 percent compared to a decline of 35 percent during the first quarter 2009. Leading this recovery are small aluminum outboard boats Sales of new aluminum powerboats in the 18-foot range increased 30…more

NMMA abstract details the year in boating

The National Marine Manufacturers Association recently released its 2009 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, providing data that offers an in-depth look at the state of the industry. Key findings from the NMMA’s 2009 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract include: An estimated $30.8 billion was generated in boating sales and services in 2009, a decrease of nine percent…more

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