Trade Associations

Discover Boating launches second episode of five-part digital video series

Discover Boating launched its second episode in the new five-part digital video series ‘Boating Basics: Pro Tips’ powered by Progressive, to support ongoing efforts around boater engagement and education. The latest episode in the series, “9 Easy Steps to Launching Your Boat,” focuses on best practices for launching a boat, which can be an exciting, yet intimidating process for new ...

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Registration is open for ABYC/USCG Risk Mitigation Conference

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Registration is open for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Risk Mitigation: Series 1—Regulations and Electrification to be held virtually on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The first in a new series of one-day events dedicated to mitigating the risk in designing and building recreational boats, this first conference will focus on the transition to ...

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Outdoor industry works to gather industry information on workforce development and other issues

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) – of which NMMA is a founding member – has been working in collaboration with the Outdoor Industry Association and Oregon State University's Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy on a survey to gather information about industry needs for workforce development and diversity, equity, and inclusion advancement. The voluntary Workforce Assessment Survey is seeking participation from leadership ...

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Maryland establishes Office of Outdoor Recreation

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced the state is establishing an office of outdoor recreation (OREC) and has hired the first Executive Director, DNR veteran J. Daryl Anthony.  In an industry letter spearhead by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), signed by dozens of outdoor recreation business and associations including the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the industry expressed great appreciate to the governor ...

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RBFF names new president and CEO

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced Dave Chanda as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. In his new role, Chanda will manage all aspects of RBFF operations and assume responsibility for meeting the strategic goals set by RBFF leadership. Chanda, who originally joined the RBFF team in 2017 as Vice President of State & Federal Engagement, ...

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Ivan Cross receives 2021 NMRA Old Pro Award

Ivan Cross of The Merifield Company is the 2021 recipient of the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) Old Pro Award. The presentation to Cross was made by NMRA President Scott Kolodny during the NMRA annual membership meeting at IBEX last week. The NMRA Old Pro Award annually recognizes a member who actively contributes to the Association and the marine rep ...

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OIA, ORR seek input for Workforce Assessment Survey

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) – of which NMMA is a founding member – has been working in collaboration with the Outdoor Industry Association and Oregon State University's Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy on a survey to gather information about industry needs for workforce development and diversity, equity, and inclusion advancement. The voluntary Workforce Assessment Survey is seeking participation from leadership ...

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Success for in-person IBEX 2021

The 30th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that attendance exceeded expectations with the return of an in-person event. IBEX saw more than 560 exhibitors, including 80 new exhibiting companies, and more than 3,200 visitors. The IBEX docks were sold out with 29 boats on display, and the expanded outdoor displays included nine demos and exhibits. In all, there were ...

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Excitement continues to build for Boating Industry ELEVATE 2021 in Atlanta

Elliot Eisenberg at ELEVATE

Now that we are growing more accustomed to getting out and gathering as an industry again, top boating industry visionaries and emerging leaders are gearing up for the 2021 ELEVATE SUMMIT, November 8-10 in downtown Atlanta at the Hyatt Regency. The conference features a mix of highly targeted, executive level presentations and panels, coupled with intimate networking mixers. “First and foremost, ...

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Rhode Island Clean Marina Program

Watch Hill Boat Yard, Newport Yacht Club, and Safe Harbor Wickford Cove were designated as Clean Marinas under Rhode Island’s Clean Marina Program, adopted by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) in 2007, and revamped and streamlined through a public-private partnership in 2020.  This effort was one between the CRMC, Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), Rhode Island ...

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