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Increasing OSHA fines signal need for compliance in marine industry


In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased its penalties based on the Consumer Price Index, which became effective as of August 1. OSHA’s maximum penalties, which were last adjusted in 1990, have increased by 78 percent. The previous ...

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MRAA kicks off scholarship application process

The MRAA Educational Foundation has kicked off the 2016 application process for its four annual scholarships, as well as the Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award, at MRAA.com/Foundation. The award and scholarships are presented during the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, Dec. 5-8 in Orlando, and are intended to financially assist the professional development of those working in ...

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MRAA hires membership and benefits specialist

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas recently hired Nikki Duffney as the association’s new membership and benefits specialist. A graduate of the University of Minnesota-Morris with a degree in business management, Duffney has spent the last six years coordinating the membership department at the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association, an organization representing organic food retailers. She says the time ...

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MDCE adds Seth Mattison Award Breakfast keynote


Organizers of 2016 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo have added a third keynote address to the event’s educational agenda, hiring Seth Mattison – founder and Chief Movement Officer of FutureSight Labs – to deliver a high energy presentation on “The New World of Work.” The keynote will cover the challenges of workforce trends and generational dynamics and demonstrate ways boating ...

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Sam Dantzler named MDCE 2016 Closing Keynote speaker


Organizers of the 2016 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo have announced Sam Dantzler of Sam’s Watersports Dock and Garage Composites will deliver the Closing Keynote. Dantzler will share exactly how dealers can to the radical transformation taking place in their employees, customers and retailing itself. “When you look at the recent sales growth, it’s easy to be fooled into thinking ...

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Glidecoat signs new MRAA partnership

Glidecoat, a provider of products using Smart Surface Technology Nano-composite materials, has joined the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas as a partner member. Tested extensively by accredited laboratories and shown to deliver superior protection on all forms of water and extreme weather, Glidecoat products can also fully restore the original look and feel of watercraft and provide a permanent, nanoceramic ...

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RBLC New Markets Task Force announces educational plans

On Monday during the American Boating Congress biannual meeting of the Recreational Boating Leadership Council, the New Markets Task Force announced final plans for its new industry-wide multicultural educational training module, including the selection of featured industry companies and a video production firm. The forthcoming 45-minute multimedia training module is projected for a Fall 2016 debut, in time for the ...

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Sebrite Financial joins MRAA as partner member

Sebrite Financial, an originator and service provider of direct and third-party consumer loans for client lending institutions, has joined the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas as a partner member. Sebrite offers boat financing programs and works directly with dealerships of all sizes to help marine retailers sell more boats. Loans offered by the Sebrite team range from $5,000 to ...

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MDCE opens call for marine retail case studies


Organizers of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo are asking dealers to respond to their call for dealer case studies, which will close on Friday, April 29. “In response to MDCE attendees’ requests for more dealer-to-dealer education, we are adding a brand new dealer case study to each of the four tracks: Leadership, Sales, Service Plus and Marketing,” Liz Walz, ...

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SeaDek named MRAA partner member

SeaDek Marine Products, a manufacturer of non-skid boat decking, has finalized an agreement to join the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas as a partner member. “Having a respected marine manufacturer like SeaDek onboard as MRAA’s newest member signifies the value of benefits enjoyed by suppliers from coast to coast,” MRAA President Matt Gruhn said. “We greatly appreciate the support ...

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