Skip to main content

Q&A with Matt Gruhn

MattGruhn

After a 16-year career as a journalist — in­clud­ing work as a sports reporter, then as an editor and publisher for consumer and trade marine publications — Matt Gruhn joined the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas as president in October 2011. He has since overseen its substantial growth in membership and staff. The larger network is an attribute that has been critical in navigating the covid-19 pandemic.

“We already had a very focused strategy, and so it has been natural to double down on our support of dealers when they need us most,” Gruhn says, adding that dealer engagement has been “off the charts.”

Last week, the MRAA issued a statement on systematic racism, calling the killing of George Floyd “an unjust, unfair and deplorable act of violence.”

The MRAA team said it would hold themselves accountable for making effective change and outlined a number of charities in was supporting to further these efforts. Their full statement can be read here.

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Gruhn has been a member of the Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force and the board of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. He is a lifelong outdoorsman who enjoys boating, fishing, hiking, camping and skiing with his wife, Allison, and their two children, Madison and Gabrielle.

Our full interview with Gruhn can be found here

Related

St. Petersburg Show Opens Thursday

The 44th edition combines with the Tampa Boat Show to create what organizers say is the largest show on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Pay To Play

When Covid restrictions were widespread, some MTAs found a new revenue stream by charging admission to previously free shows, and visitors had no problem ponying up.

Yamaha Expands F25 Line

The company added short-shaft power trim and tilt models, and two models with improved tiller handles.

MRAA Donates to Educational Foundation

The group reinvested $100,000 in donations it received to help the foundation’s effort to address workforce shortages.

TPG Adds to Marine Portfolio

The hospitality and marina management firm acquired Conanicut Marina and Taylor Point Boat Yard in Jamestown, R.I.

Trade Only Today Returns Jan. 18

The daily e-newsletter will not publish Monday, Jan. 17, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.

ECONOMY REPORT: Omnipresent Omicron

The year closed with an uptick in consumer confidence, but the latest coronavirus variant threatens to derail progress