MRAA will run Minnesota trade group operations

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas will assume the management of the North Central Marine Association.

The NCMA, based in Minneapolis, is a nearly 60-year-old marine trades association that serves Minnesota and businesses from neighboring states.

The award-winning trade association was managed for years by a local management firm, but when the recession hit the group narrowed its offerings to the services of a full-time lobbyist. Now the NCMA is officially back up and running at full capacity, thanks to a working relationship between the two associations.

“We are honored to play a role in the rejuvenation of the NCMA,” MRAA president and new NCMA director Matt Gruhn said in a statement. “As a member of the Minnesota marine industry for the better part of the last 16 years, I feel connected and personally vested in the success of this group and its members. With the common interests shared by MRAA and NCMA it is a natural progression for us to join forces.”

The MRAA will manage the NCMA’s administrative functions and bookkeeping responsibilities, in addition to taking responsibility for the NCMA’s marketing, legislative efforts and membership growth. The MRAA also will organize and produce all NCMA events, including the association’s annual meeting, golf outing, and annual awards and hall of fame banquet, among other things.

“This is a great opportunity for NCMA to get its feet back on the ground and begin its return to the prominent association that it once was,” Jerry Rockvam, chairman of the NCMA board and president of Rockvam Boatyards Inc., in Spring Park, Minn., said in a statement. “With Matt’s knowledge of our members and our local market, MRAA’s access to resources to manage our efforts and the revamping of our most critical member benefits we are poised to once again unite the marine community in Minnesota.”

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