MRAA seeks Briggs award nominations

The MRAA Educational Foundation is seeking nominations and applications for the 2015 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award.

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ Educational Foundation is seeking nominations and applications for the 2015 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award.

The late Darlene Briggs, of Wayzata, Minn., was admired for her dedication to the marine industry. The award was founded in 1987 to honor her memory. It is presented annually to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry at any level.

It recognizes "long and devoted service, untiring commitment and the advancement of women in the marine business.”

"The more women that we can get into the boating industry, the more appealing that we also can make boating for women,” BoatUS president Margaret Podlich, the 2014 Darlene Briggs Award recipient, said in a statement. "Diversifying [the industry] so it is just as appealing and available to women is really important …”

The 2015 recipient will receive the award at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which will be held Nov. 15-18 in Orlando, Fla.

The event is co-produced by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry magazine.

The recipient will get a trophy furnished by Boating Industry, which will publicize the presentation and feature the winner in an issue following the event.


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