MRAA names 2017 officers and directors

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas said its board of directors has a new chairman for 2017.
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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas said its board of directors has a new chairman for 2017 and it also announced several other board appointments.

Joe Lewis, who had been vice chairman, will now serve as chairman, replacing Randy Wattenbarger, who was the chairman for two years and will now be the immediate past chairman.

Lewis, the general manager of Florida’s Mount Dora Boating Center and Marina, was first appointed to the board in 2009 and has been a longtime member. He is also chairman of the board of Grow Boating.

“We accomplished many great things under Randy’s leadership, from growing our membership and our MDCE attendance to bringing the Marine Industry Certified Dealership Program in house,” MRAA president Matt Gruhn said in a statement.

“We thank Randy for his many years of service to the marine dealer body and the MRAA, as we also extend a welcome to Joe as he steps into the role.”

Other board appointments were: Joe Hoffmaster, of Hoffmaster’s Marina, vice chairman; Don MacKenzie, of Boats Inc., secretary and treasurer; Jeff Hall, of Hall Marine Group, Region 4 director; Jeff Haradine, of WakeSide Marine, Region 6 director; Dave Briggs, of Wayzata Marine, Region 7 director; Martin Boyer, of Austin Boats & Motors, Region 9 director; Craig Brosenne, of Hagadone Marine Group, Region 10 director; and Chad Taylor, of Taylor’s South Shore Marine, director-at-large.

The MRAA also said its longest-tenured member, Steve Baum, president and CEO of Boat Owners Warehouse in Fort Lauderdale, will cycle off the board after serving for 19 years.

Baum, who had been the immediate past chairman, joined the board in 1998 and attended his last meeting as a board member on Dec. 4.


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