MRAA seeks nominations for young leaders council


The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas will accept nominations and applications for its Young Leaders Advisory Council for just a few more days.

“[The council] has been an incredible benefit to the MRAA,” MRAA president Matt Gruhn said in a statement. “Not only does this group bring a new level of energy to the association, but its members also add a new perspective and a longer-term approach to our thinking, which helps us better fill the needs of all of our members in addition to attracting and fostering a new generation of leadership within the marine dealer body.”

The MRAA created the council as an advisory group to represent the needs and the thinking of the next generation of marine retailers and to provide additional insight and direction to the MRAA’s board. The council’s creation was based on a desire to help develop future leaders to aid in the progress and growth of the boating industry.

Since its inception, the council has infused the MRAA with new ideas and insights. One initiative the council recently launched is the Young Leaders community, a networking group for MRAA members.

To continue the council’s successful momentum, the MRAA is looking to add new members. Applications can be submitted by anyone interested in joining the group and individual nominations of potential candidates can be submitted directly to the MRAA, which will contact each nominee.

Applicants or nominees should be willing to meet face to face with the group twice a year and provide ideas and insights, in addition to working jointly with other council and MRAA board members on subcommittees. Applicants or nominees must be under 40 years of age, hold a position of significance in a dealership and have a minimum of 5 years of marine industry experience.

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