The Association of Marina Industries said it welcomes the Marina Association of Texas as its newest membership alliance.
“The addition of MAT to our expanding affiliate program is an exciting development, given the size and strength of their organization,” AMI chairman Brad Gross said in a statement. “Together we will provide a loud voice for Texas and the industry nationwide.”
The Marina Association of Texas is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization composed of marinas on the inland and coastal waters of the state, as well as associate members whose firms supply products and services to marinas.
MAT, the first association of its kind in the nation, was organized in January 1973 with a mission to improve, protect and advance the interest of the marina industry in Texas.
“The partnership between MAT and AMI is a natural step toward better protecting and promoting the marina industry in Texas,” MAT President Angie Lamb said in a statement.
“We look forward to working with AMI through our new partnership to keep our members better informed and better prepared to deal with everyday challenges of marina ownership and operation. AMI provides the national reach to extend MAT’s voice beyond the state of Texas and brings a national perspective to our Texas marinas.”
The alliance will help both associations extend their voices and reach. Through the new relationship with MAT, AMI also will increase the number of its affiliate relationships with state marine trade groups, which already includes the Tennessee Marina Association, Midwest Marina Association, Virginia Marine Trades Association and Boating British Columbia.