The National Marine Manufacturers Association is moving most of its staff to shorterwork weeks, laying off 23 staff members and reducing compensation in order to handle the challenges and uncertainty created by COVID-19.
NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer sent a memo to NMMA staff and members to highlight changes — including a 40 percent cut in his own salary — and said the group has implemented a significant temporary reduction in compensation and benefits for the executive leadership team.
“We made the difficult decision to let go of 23 members of our team,” said Hugelmeyerin the letter. “Since joining NMMA I learned quickly that we have one of the best and brightest teams I’ve come across in my career. The decision to part with these employees was not made lightly as all of them contributed greatly to your association.”
The NMMA team — excluding the president, executive leadership team, and key operational employees — have temporarily been moved to a three-day work week with reduced pay.
“The team has been structured to ensure we continue providing essential member services spanning advocacy, business intelligence, certification, market development across our shows and marketing and communications,” wrote Hugelmeyer.
The association’s export development program was discontinued “to allow for a more streamlined focus on international advocacy and outreach led by our DC-based advocacy team with support from our team in Canada.”
As part of this transition, NMMA’s show team will oversee the group’s presence at international boat shows and events such as Metstrade.
“Throughout NMMA’s history, we’ve successfully navigated some of the most trying times in our industry and have emerged a stronger, more nimble association to propel recreational boating into the future,” said Hugelmeyer. “The steps we’ve taken allow us to do this once again, ensuring we’re not only protecting and supporting your business through this crisis but that we come out together on the other side as an industry that’s positioned to thrive and better connect our consumers with their love of being on the water.”