Trade Associations

MRAA celebrates 2020 Great Dealerships to Work For

MRAA logo

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas named this year’s marine industry Great Dealerships to Work For, online at the 2020 Dealer Week, the association’s annual conference and expo. Eight dealerships qualified for recognition by earning an overall score of 90% or better on the Marine Industry Certified Dealership Program’s annual Employee Satisfaction Survey. This survey, administered anonymously through the ...

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Massachusetts Marine Trades Association to host 2021 webinar series

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) announced it will host a Business of Boating (BOB) webinar series from January to April of 2021. The MMTA has decided to transition from their normal in person Business of Boating conference to a remote BOB webinar series for 2021.  The webinar series will allow the MMTA to provide their members with educational opportunities ...

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Dealer Week launches today

Dealer Week launches

More than 930 dealership personnel have registered for Dealer Week 2020, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ annual conference and expo, which kicks off online today. “When we began creating a plan for a virtual conference back in March, we believed that an online platform could extend the reach of our educational content significantly,” explained Matt Gruhn, MRAA President. ...

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NMMA President talks boat shows

Frank Hugelmeyer NMMA

After a year filled with uncertainty and disruption, including the cancellation and postponement of many boating industry events and shows, NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer shares his thoughts on the importance and future of boat shows: The unprecedented disruption from COVID-19 has been a blessing and curse for the recreational boating industry. On one hand, we have witnessed a remarkable shift ...

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Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation awards scholarships

Guy Harvey awards scholarships

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the seas, supporting groundbreaking research and helping foster the next generation of ocean conservationists, has awarded a Guy Harvey Scholarship to two doctoral students from prestigious universities in Florida.  Each of the 2020 Guy Harvey Scholarship Award recipients received $5,000:  Elizabeth Duermit-Moreau, from Cincinnati, is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of ...

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AMI annual conferences goes virtual

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In the interest of safety for all conference participants, The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) Conference & Expo has moved to a full virtual event for the February 2021 conference.  AMI has partnered with SpotMe to deliver a fully integrated conference experience, providing one place for all things Conference & Expo related. For the last two decades, SpotMe has been the leading ...

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NMMA seeks input for advocacy focus in 2021

NMMA is calling on all recreational boating industry stakeholders to participate in the association’s third annual advocacy survey, which will play an important role in shaping the organization’s 2021 policy priorities. Click here to take the survey. Direct stakeholder feedback is essential to ensuring the industry’s advocacy efforts are robust and effective. More than 1,000 industry representatives have participated in the ...

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NMEA/RTCM conference moves to Anaheim for 2021

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) and the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) have agreed to hold their 2021 international convention together at the Anaheim Sheraton Park Hotel on Sept. 20 – 24, 2021. The exposition portion of the event will be held Sept. 21 and 22.  The combined 2021 NMEA/RTCM Conference & Expo will be the largest ...

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Consumers call current E15 labeling ineffective

E15 warning label

The results of a new national poll initiated by a group of organizations representing manufacturers, retailers, and consumers of non-road engine equipment and products reveals the vast majority of consumers find current E15 labeling at gas pumps to be ineffective in communicating the dangers of this type of fuel for usage in small engines like those in boats, off road ...

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West Marine kicks off “Month of Giving”

On December 1, also known as Giving Tuesday, West Marine will kick off its annual “Month of Giving” to support its nonprofit, BlueFuture.  West Marine created BlueFuture to provide ongoing grant support to nonprofit, community-based organizations that promote waterlife adventure, education and recreation for young people across the nation. Customers can make donations both online and in-person at all West ...

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