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.

California group elects officers

Recreational Boaters of California elected new officers for 2010 at its recent annual meeting. They include president Anne Sacks; vice president-north Linda Bendsen; vice president-south Cleve Hardaker; treasurer Bob White and past president Dave Breninger. “We devoted our annual business meeting to planning advocacy efforts to address several serious challenges,” Sacks said in a statement.…more

Winter boat show roundup

The British Marine Federation says that after facing one of the toughest trading periods in recent memory, the industry is reporting encouraging signs of improvement, with annual revenue rising by 1.9 percent. Ian Lucas, minister for business and regulatory reform, visited the Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show, and noted signs of recovery in the…more

Dammrich disputes misuse of Grow Boating funds

Funds that used to go to Grow Boating are being used to help dealers sell boats in the down market, Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Grow Boating Inc., told Soundings Trade Only this morning. The comments were made in response to the Marine Retailers Association of America’s announcement earlier this…more

NMMA Canada holds Hall of Fame inductions

The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada today will induct Ian Bruce and Marcel Dubois into Canada’s Boating Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at the 2010 Toronto International Boat Show’s industry reception. The show runs Jan. 9-17. “These men are legends in the boating industry,” said Linda Waddell, NMMA vice president of Northern…more

NMMA buys New England Boat Show

The National Marine Manufacturers Association today announced the acquisition of the New England Boat Show from North America Expositions Company as part of a larger strategic repositioning of its boat show portfolio. Specific terms of the sale were not disclosed. The purchase of the New England Boat Show confirms the NMMA’s belief in the long-term…more

NMMA sets Innovation Awards deadline

The National Marine Manufacturers Association will recognize the most innovative boats and consumer products at the Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail, set for Feb. 11-15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Innovation Awards program, organized by the NMMA and judged by Boating Writers International, is the recreational boating industry’s highest honor for…more

NMAA schedules free webinars

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced it is offering two free webinars. “How to Get Immediate Results Using Search Engine Marketing” is set for 1 p.m. EST Dec. 8. Richard Harris from SearchEngine Smart and Channel Blade/ARI will host this seminar. The second webinar is titled “Secrets to Making a Sale at Boat Shows.” Hosted…more

NMMA adds pirate exhibit to boat shows

Pirates are coming to three of the 2010 National Marine Manufacturers Association boat shows. The Pirates of Colonial America will appear at the Kansas City Boat & Sportshow (Jan. 7-10), Chicago Boat, RV, & Outdoors Show (Jan. 13-17), and Minneapolis Boat Show (Jan. 20-24). The exhibit will feature interactive exhibits for both children and adults…more

NMMA cancels New Orleans show

The 2010 New Orleans Boat & Sportshow was cancelled in order to address dealer demands as the boating industry pulls out of the recession, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which produces the show. The next show will be held in 2011, the NMMA says. “There just wasn’t enough critical mass to warrant an…more

Congress approves extension of NOL provision

Both houses of Congress overwhelmingly approved an unemployment insurance extension bill Thursday that includes long-sought language that will extend the Net Operating Loss carryback period for all companies from the current two-year allowance to five years. Under the expanded NOL carryback provision, businesses can use losses from 2008 or 2009 to offset taxable profits earned…more

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