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MRAA seeks Spader scholarship applicants

The MRAA and Spader Business Management are seeking applicants for the 2015 Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship.

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Spader Business Management are seeking applicants for the 2015 Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship.

The scholarship was founded to honor the marine industry service of Spader Business Management’s founder and his philosophy of lifelong learning.

The recipient, who receives full tuition to attend the Spader Leadership Development Program, valued at $14,875, must be an employee of a Marine Retailers Association of the Americas retail member. The recipient will only be responsible for travel expenses.

"It gives you the opportunity to become a better leader in an environment filled with peers who are there to help you succeed and to learn from you,” Mary Jo Goettling, recipient of the 2014 Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship and sales manager of Blue Springs Marine in Blue Springs, Mo., said in a statement. ”I took a bunch of 5-hour Energy with me because I thought it would be all lecture, but there’s a lot of hands-on training and we’ve already implemented some of the strategies at the dealership.”

The Spader program is a 15- to 18-month program for current and future leaders that involves five three-day sessions in Sioux Falls, S.D. Between sessions, participants are tasked with putting what they’ve learned to work in their dealership and tracking the results of those efforts.

"The Spader Business Management team chose to base this scholarship on our Leadership Development Program because of the tremendous impact it has on the personal and professional lives of participants,” said David Spader, the program’s principal trainer. ”The program continues to help current and future leaders in the marine industry navigate the challenges of succession, employee management, strategy and the many other issues facing dealerships.”

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