VIDEO: Barletta Boats President Urges Industry Support of the MRAA

Author:
Publish date:
Screen Shot 2020-10-19 at 10.52.23 AM

The coronavirus pandemic has hit associations hard — most of which have not been eligible for federal relief.

Barletta Boats president Bill Fenech has issued a plea to the industry, which has seen record boat sales this year — to step and support the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.

“Business has been wonderful for all of us,” said Fenech in a video asking for industry support of MRAA. “But not MRAA, and they’re doing a great job.”

Barletta Pontoons has long held a reputation as supporting its dealer network.

“With Dealer Week not happening the way it’s supposed to — huge loss of revenue for them, and that’s scary for our industry,” said Fenech.

MRAA’s Dealer Week, which accounts for 70 percent of the MRAA’s annual revenue, has moved to a virtual format and does not provide for the same level of revenue potential that an in-person event offers, the MRAA said in a statement.

Fenech, whose Barletta Boat Co. is already a Platinum Partner member of the MRAA and continues to support Dealer Week, has made a $25,000 donation to MRAA as a challenge to others.

“I hope you’ll find it in your hearts and in your pocket books to take some action and send some money to MRAA,” said Fenec

Related

Argos 3D Forward Looking Sonar

For 20 Years, FarSounder has been developing and manufacturing 3D forward-looking sonar for vessels of all sizes.

Dometic Marine Appoints Executives

The company promotes a 20-plus-year employee and adds a vice president of aftermarket sales and e-commerce.

IMEA Launches Scholarship Program

The International Marine Electronics Alliance aims to recruit students into the field of marine technology.

RBFF Campaign Reels in Awards

The fishing-and-boating advocacy group’s Get on Board campaign was recognized by two national public relations organizations.

Suzuki’s Clean Ocean Project

Testing of the engine manufacturer’s microplastics filtering device continues as it moves closer to production. The company also released its full-year financials.

Uflex Adds to Sales and Marketing Team

The company said significant growth during the last few years created the need to add three employees.

NMTA Beats Proposal To Double Excise Tax

It’s just one example of the value of belonging to a state or local marine trade association. Are you a member of an MTA?