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.

Grow Boating task force to select marketer

The effort to relaunch Grow Boating is under way, with three companies today pitching strategies to the Grow Boating Agency Selection Task Force in Chicago for the industrywide campaign that seeks to draw more people to boating, NMMA president Thom Dammrich said. “We’re in the final stages of agency selection,” Dammrich told Soundings Trade Only.…more

NMMA: Survey details Gulf oil spill’s fallout

The National Marine Manufacturers Association recently surveyed its members about the effects of the BP oil spill and found that three out of five recreational marine manufacturers have been affected. The NMMA surveyed 178 member chief executives from late June through July. “Results from this member survey offer a timely and realistic picture of how…more

Nominations sought for Briggs award

Nominations are being accepted for the Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award, which will be presented in November during the Marine Dealer Convention & Expo in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry. It recognizes long and devoted service, untiring commitment…more

New motor vehicle tax would include trailers

Congress is considering legislation that would assess a manufacturer fee on every motor vehicle sold, including trailers, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. The fee would be assessed quarterly on manufacturers and would go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to fund its vehicle safety operations. The NMMA recommends that members call or send…more

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

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