MRAA seeks Woman of the Year Award nominations

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The MRAA Educational Foundation is seeking nominations and applications for the 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award.

The late Darlene Briggs, of Wayzata, Minn., was admired for her dedication to the marine industry.

To honor her memory, the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award was founded in 1987. It is presented annually to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry at any level. It recognizes "long and devoted service, untiring commitment and the advancement of women in the marine business.”

Rallee Chupich, director of service at Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, was the 2013 recipient.Chupich said her role is to “encourage, coach, hire and train more young women in the marine industry and even more throughout our company in all roles” in an interview with Boating Industry magazine, which holds the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo with the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.

The Darlene Briggs Award recipient is announced annually at MDCE.

The 2014 MDCE takes place Nov. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla. The recipient receives a trophy furnished by Boating Industry, which will publicize the presentation and feature the successful candidate in an issue of the magazine following the event.