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MRAA rolls out emerging-leaders community

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas launched a new Young Professionals Community to foster growth and networking opportunities among emerging leaders in the marine industry.

The brainchild of the MRAA’s Young Leaders Advisory Council, the community will offer industry participants new ways to interact with one another and grow in their careers. The MRAA will offer community participants a variety of educational programs in addition to facilitating networking opportunities in person and online. There are no restrictions about who can join the group.

"There are those in the marine industry who suggest that the dealer body has been a good-old-boys network, unable or unwilling to welcome different perspectives on how today’s dealerships and/or the marine industry at large operates,’” MRAA president Matt Gruhn said in a statement. "We believe differently. We believe that the marine industry has plenty of youth, plenty of new ideas and plenty of opportunity for growth when powered by a combination of proven processes and practices, new ideas and next-generation thinking.”

"The MRAA wants to foster that growth by connecting the future leaders of this industry, and by giving them the tools and the platform for finding that growth together,” Gruhn said.

The community’s first gathering will be at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which will be held Nov. 11-14 in Orlando, Fla.

The MRAA is hosting a Young Professionals Leadership Development Event on Nov. 13 that will feature a session about "The 3 Motivators Every Leader Needs to Understand.” It will be taught by Spader Business Management’s David Spader, who also will speak as part of the Powering Profits track at this year's dealer conference.

After the session the group will have the opportunity to attend an informal late-night networking session at Pointe Orlando, across the street from the dealer conference headquarters.

"By helping connect and educate this industry's next generation of leadership, the MRAA can contribute to the long-term health and success of the boating industry,” Gruhn said. “This Young Professionals Community is just the beginning of that effort."

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