MRAA seeks applicants for new scholarship


The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Educational Foundation and Spader Business Management are seeking applicants for a newly announced scholarship.

The Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship was founded to honor the marine industry service of Spader Business Management founder Duane Spader and his leadership philosophy of lifelong learning. The recipient, who receives the full $14,875 tuition to attend the Spader Leadership Development Program, must be an employee of an MRAA retail member. The recipient will be responsible only for travel expenses.

The 15- to 18-month program is for current and future leaders and involves five three-day sessions at Spader's training facility in Sioux Falls, S.D. Between sessions, participants are tasked with putting what they’ve learned to work in their dealership and tracking the results of those efforts.

“The Spader Business Management team chose to base this scholarship on our leadership development program because of the tremendous impact it has on the personal and professional lives of participants,” principal program trainer David Spader said in a statement. “It is the perfect way to highlight Duane’s service to the marine industry and is well-timed since Duane just graduated from the program as a participant.”


NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.