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MRAA seeks new members for Young Leaders Advisory Council

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is accepting applications and nominations for its Young Leaders Advisory Council through Nov. 3.

The council is a group of experienced marine professionals under the age of 40 who are driven by the association’s mission to support and grow the marine industry.

The YLAC plays a large role in bringing the needs and ideas from the next generation to the MRAA’s board of directors.

“This group is a valuable voice for our work here at MRAA and for the industry at large,” MRAA president Matt Gruhn said in a statement. “We’ve always been a firm believer in taking a step back to listen to different ideas and perspectives on how we approach our industry and our businesses, and that’s never as critical as when it comes to the next generation, the very future of our industry.”

Four onetime YLAC members — Martin Boyer of Austin Boats & Motors in Texas, Carly Poole of Buckeye Marine in Ontario, Chad Taylor of Taylor’s South Shore Marina in Ohio, and Jake Jostand of Oak Hill Marina in Iowa — serve on the MRAA’s board.

A fifth former YLAC member, Liz Walz, has since joined the MRAA staff as vice president and director of education; three other former YLAC members also have sat on the MRAA’s board.

For the immediate future the YLAC expects to continue its focus on helping provide solutions to the dealer body’s workforce-development challenges.

Applicants or nominees should be willing to meet face to face with the group twice a year and provide their ideas and insights, in addition to working jointly with other council and MRAA board members on subcommittees.

Candidates must be under 40 years of age, hold a position of significance in a dealership and have a minimum of five years of marine industry experience.

Click here to apply to YLAC, or click here to nominate a young professional for YLAC. For more information, contact Matt Gruhn at 763-315-8043 or; or YLAC chairman Jake Jostand at 712-332-2701 or



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