The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas opened the nomination period for its Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes marine retail professionals who have made “fundamental, significant and sustained contributions to the industry,” according to the MRAA.
The selection of the award recipient will be made on the basis of his or her contributions to the industry, the lasting impact of the contributions and the demonstration of a lifetime commitment to selling and/or servicing boats, according to the MRAA.
“Presenting the MRAA Lifetime Achievement Award has become one of the greatest honors of my professional position,” MRAA president Matt Gruhn said in a statement. “The leaders we recognize through this award really laid the groundwork for the health and prosperity of the marine industry and our incredible network of boat dealers.”
Last year’s winner, Gary Briggs of Wayzata Marine in Wayzata, Minn., was a founding member of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Marine Dealers Association and has remained active for more than 50 years. Briggs held a 42-year membership in the North Central Marine Association and became an MRAA member in the mid-1970s. He also founded the Darlene Briggs Marine Industry Woman of the Year Award.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented Dec. 10 during MRAA’s inaugural Dealer Week. Applications are due Oct. 18.