MRAA seeks nominations for young leaders council

The MRAA is seeking applications and nominations for its Young Leaders Advisory Council.

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is seeking applications and nominations for its Young Leaders Advisory Council.

The council was created as an advisory group to represent the needs and thinking of the next generation of marine retailers and to provide additional insight and direction to the MRAA board of directors.

"YLAC has proven to be a major influence on the MRAA,” MRAA president Matt Gruhn said in a statement. "The energy and enthusiasm the group brings to pushing the association forward has been extremely valuable, and many new programs and initiatives have been launched because of their passion.”

Four one-time council members — Jeff Haradine, Wakeside Marine (Ind.), Martin Boyer, Austin Boats & Motors (Texas), Carly Poole, Buckeye Marine (Ontario), and Jake Jostand, Oak Hill Marina (Iowa) — currently serve on the MRAA board of directors; a fifth YLAC member, Liz Walz, has since joined the MRAA staff as vice president and director of education; and two other former council chairmen have also sat on the board.

For the immediate future, the group 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 of directors 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.