Trade Associations

Freedom Waters Foundation welcomes new team members

Freedom Waters Foundation, a nonprofit organization enhancing the lives of children, individuals with special needs, and veterans by providing therapeutic boat experiences, has added Robin Meagher and Marissa Stoneking to the organization’s staff. Meagher will serve as the Director of Programs and Development for the Florida east coast, working out of the Fort Lauderdale area, and Stoneking will fulfill the ...

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MRAA names new director of workforce & foundation development

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has hired Wendy Mackie as its Director of Workforce and Foundation Development, appointing her in the lead role in operating the MRAA Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded to provide financial support for education, training and professional development in the recreational marine industry. Mackie brings to the MRAA a long history of ...

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boot Düsseldorf show cancelled for 2022

The show will not go on in Germany. Due to the spread of the Omicron virus variant, Europe's largest boat show and trade fair has been cancelled for 2022 due to the measures decided by the state government.   NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann explained: “We have to continue to be very careful at the moment. The omicron variant is spreading ...

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Water Sports Industry Association welcomes Lee Gatts as Director of Government Affairs

The Waters Sports Industry Association (WSIA) announced Lee Gatts has joined the organization as its Director of Government Affairs. The WSIA is the towed water sports industry’s leading advocate, committed to preserving the vitality of water sports and activities into the future. Before joining WSIA, Gatts served as Manager of Southeast Policy and Engagement at the National Marine Manufacturers Association ...

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Deadline for entries approaching for Miami Innovation Awards

It’s time to enter your new product to the Miami Innovation Awards presented at the 2022 Discover Boating® Miami International Boat Show®. The Innovation Awards recognize manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market.  The deadline for entry is January 13. Complete details, including requirements and regulations, can be reviewed on the program webpage.  Innovation Award winners will be announced during the show’s ...

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ABYC names keynote for January’s annual meeting

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U.S. Coast Guard Captain Troy Glendye is scheduled as the keynote speaker at the American Boat & Council (ABYC) annual meeting taking place Jan. 10, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. ABYC’s annual meeting and cocktail reception launches Standards Week, which includes Project Technical Committee (PTC) meetings where industry experts gather to update ABYC ...

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Judges announced for 2022 Minneapolis Innovation Awards

The NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced today the panel of judges set to evaluate product entries for the 2022 Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Awards. Innovation Award winners will be announced Wednesday, January 19 during the boat show’s “Sneak Peek” evening. The Innovation Awards judges’ committee is comprised of three BWI members who perform product testing throughout the year and have specific ...

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NATDA partners with Wounded Warrior Project

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) is committed to supporting our nation’s wounded veterans through Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and its free programs and services. Many wounded veterans face significant challenges when they return to civilian life, and through the generous support of donors and corporate partners, WWP provides support, wherever they are in their journey to recovery.  Until Friday, September 2, ...

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2021 Snapshot: NMMA’s Year in Review

After an unpredictable year, the NMMA remained focused on the growth and success of the North American recreational boating industry through the team's work on Advocacy, Discover Boating, Business Intelligence, Consumer and Trade Shows, Engineering Standards, Membership and more.  As we close out this year, NMMA looks back in a brief snapshot of its critical advocacy and market expansion goals, ...

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Boating Industry ELEVATE Summit Conference continued its momentum in 2021

Boating Industry ELEVATE Summit Conference

The third annual Boating Industry ELEVATE Summit Conference, held at the downtown Atlanta Hyatt Regency November 8- 10, 2021, continued the positive momentum as the unique industry event designed for marine industry thought leaders and visionaries, providing opportunities to connect, collaborate, cultivate and celebrate. This year’s summit included 12 strategic, executive-level sessions featuring 23 expert presenters, plus 21 active sponsors. “We couldn’t be ...

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