MRAA seeks scholarship applicants

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Educational Foundation is seeking applicants for the 2013 Kevin Lodder Scholarship.

The Kevin Lodder Scholarship Fund, which was founded in memory of Kevin Lodder, of Lodder’s Marine in Fairfield, Ohio, provides a full scholarship to attend a weeklong Spader Business Management Total Management 1 Workshop to an employee of a Marine Retailers Association of the Americas retail member.

The workshop seeks to provide skills that will increase profits, stability and growth for the dealership. Attendees will leave the workshop with a clear set of principles, processes and tools to take their company to new levels of performance and profitability.

"The workshop provides simple and straightforward concepts to help analyze the performance of your dealership,” 2012 Kevin Lodder Scholarship recipient Travis Hayes, of Hayes Marine, said in a statement.

"Coupled with Spader's decades of data and metrics, we could break down our business to the smallest department and then allocate costs and labor to find our true profit centers in the business. It didn’t stop there: Spader provided examples of how to correct the problem areas, tools to complete our own analysis and to help our employees understand where Hayes Marine needed to focus and strategies to help hold our employees accountable.”

Any employee of an MRAA dealership member is eligible to apply for the scholarship, which is valued at nearly $3,800. It includes the registration fee for the workshop ($2,995) and a travel allowance of $800. The 2013 recipient will be announced at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which will be held Nov. 17-20 in Orlando, Fla.

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