The Marina Recreation Association hired Robert Wilkes, of Wilkes Creative, as its communications design consultant.
"I was very impressed with the work of the MRA, and especially after seeing how much quality work gets done by contributing members and a very lean, hardworking staff," Wilkes said in a statement.
"My goal is to enhance the value of the association to its members, streamline our communications and build consistency in our brand, both visually and verbally," he added.
Wilkes will be writing a regular marketing column in the association's online newsletter and will develop a marketing presentation for the November conference.
Wilkes has been published in numerous industry publications, including Marina Dock Age, Marina World, The Triton, Euromarina, Boat & Motor Dealer, Resorts & Recreation Magazine and Sea Magazine.
The MRA is an association of marina owners and operators located throughout the Western states, Baja California and Hawaii.