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MRAA executive administrator retires

Marge Eckenroad, executive administrator with the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, is retiring after 36 years with the association.

She began working with the MRAA in 1976 on a part-time basis and joined full time in 1989. She worked with the leadership of the association throughout her career, and alongside immediate past president Phil Keeter for his entire 23-year-tenure with the MRAA.

“MRAA is truly losing the most dedicated employee it has ever had,” Keeter said in a statement. “I could always count on Marge to ‘go the extra mile’ for the MRAA.”

When Keeter announced his retirement, Eckenroad stayed on to assist new president Matt Gruhn with the transition.

“Marge has been a tremendous resource for the association and for me as I have moved into this new role,” Gruhn said in a statement. “Her unending commitment and dedication to serving the MRAA and its members is something we will work hard to emulate as she moves into retirement.”

Eckenroad began her professional career as a junior high school math teacher. After taking time off to raise her two young daughters, she re-entered the work force in the field of convention and meeting management. She later became owner and president of Convention Aid Inc., which provided meeting services ranging from total meeting management to providing on-site staff.

“Little did I realize when I was first hired to manage the MRAA Dealer Congress in 1976 how interesting and long the journey would be,” she said in a statement. “As I became more involved in MRAA I did not consider it a job, but it was something that I wanted to do. What I will miss most is the contact with all the great people in the marine industry that I have gotten to know over the years.”

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