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Chaparral, Robalo upgrade to MRAA premier partner members

Chaparral Boats and Robalo Boats have upgraded their membership with the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas to a premier partner member. Based in Nashville, Ga., Chaparral Boats and Robalo Boats are one of the longest-standing boat builder members of the MRAA. “Chaparral and Robalo are proud to support and continue our partnership with the MRAA,” said Ann Baldree, senior ...

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MRAA launches retail compensation study

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) has embarked on a study of North American retail compensation programs as part of a multi-faceted effort to provide solutions for the marine industry’s workforce crisis. The study, which launched last week, invited more than 3,000 retail outlets in the United States and Canada to participate, asking them to provide certain demographic ...

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Another exciting year for Marine Dealer Conference & Expo

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The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo (MDCE) will be held on Dec. 5-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, hosted jointly by Boating Industry and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA). 2015 was among the most successful years to date for the premier dealer conference in the marine industry, with a total of 1,147 marine industry ...

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MRAA releases 2016 workforce assessment

On Monday, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas released the marine industry’s first comprehensive Workforce Assessment, outlining the issues faced by boat and engine dealers across North America when it comes to hiring, developing and retaining employees. Featuring insights from 517 respondents, who represented more than 1,300 individual dealership locations, the 2016 MRAA Workforce Assessment delivers 35 pages of ...

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MRAA adds Blackbeard Marine as premium retail member

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced that Blackbeard Marine, based in Kingston, Okla., has become the association’s most recent dealer to join as premium retail member. A two-location dealer with aspirations for more locations, Blackbeard Marine has seen significant growth since owner Steve Jennings purchased the dealership five years ago. Jennings attributes the success of the Kingston dealership ...

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M&P Mercury becomes Five Star and Brunswick Master Dealer

M&P Mercury recently completed recertification in the highest tier of the Marine Industry Certified Dealership (MICD) program. In order to achieve the designation of Five Star MICD, M&P Mercury met a set of established criteria that includes 30 standards designed to create continuous improvement across all facets of the dealership, including customer satisfaction, operational quality and business performance and practices. ...

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MRAA Foundation Challenge enters final stretch

Colleagues and companies from throughout the retail marine industry have responded in a big way to a special fundraising challenge issued this summer by Dave Briggs, owner of Wayzata Marine. Briggs, who will be running the Chicago Marathon this Sunday, Oct. 9, has dedicated his training efforts to supporting the MRAA Educational Foundation and says he has been overwhelmed by ...

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At the Helm: Tackling the labor shortage

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I’ve taken several trips visiting manufacturers and dealers this summer and keep hearing one recurring complaint: We can’t find enough help. There may not be a bigger challenge facing the industry today than the labor shortage. While the problem first reared its head years ago, the recession pushed it to the sideline for many years. Now, as sales have recovered ...

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Women Making Waves: Liz Walz

Liz Walz  Vice President, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, English Major with a concentration in Creative Writing, Hobart & William Smith Colleges; Spader Business Management’s Total Management 1 Course; currently enrolled in 18-month Leadership Development Program Years in the industry: 17 Companies you have worked for in the marine industry and titles you held within ...

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2016 Boating Industry Bold Moves

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We profiled our four 2016 Movers & Shakers, but there are several other industry leaders working to improve boating. The six leaders on the following pages are also making bold moves to advance boating by improving technology, rebuilding iconic brands and raising the professionalism of the entire industry. Fuel solutions  Bill Brackney Manager, Product Engineering and Development, Moeller Marine Products ...

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