Trade Associations

NMMA, RBFF and MRAA call for input on retention needs


With a surge in new boating and fishing participants in 2020, it is essential to ensure newcomers embrace fishing and boating for years to come. NMMA, RBFF and MRAA have compiled a five-minute survey to help guide and prioritize items for a retention toolkit to support your customer engagement and retention efforts in 2021.  While NMMA, MRAA and RBFF have customer engagement ...

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NMMA announces dates for virtual 2021 American Boating Congress

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced that the 2021 American Boating Congress (ABC) will be held virtually April 21-22. More than 900 recreational boating industry stakeholders participated in last year’s annual advocacy summit, and NMMA is hoping to meet and exceed the record turnout this year. Featuring remarks from members of Congress, administration officials, and key political movers and ...

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Boating Industry makes final call for 2021 40 Under 40 nominations

Now in its fifth year, Boating Industry’s 40 Under 40 program will return in early 2021. However, there are just a few days left to submit nominations for the 2021 program. The editorial staff at Boating Industry is now accepting nominations for its 40 Under 40 program, which highlights the best young leaders across all segments of the marine industry. Each year, Boating Industry receives ...

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NATDA seeks nominations for new dealer advisory board

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) announced a call for nominations for its new Dealer Advisory Board. This Board will be involved in advising the association on dealer-related matters, concerns and support needs to improve upon benefits and offerings NATDA provides to its dealer members.  NATDA is searching for Dealer Members who are passionate about the industry and want to ...

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Discover Boating offers free marketing materials

Discover Boating

With consumer demand for new boats surging across the country in 2020, and showing no signs of slowing down in 2021, this is a great time to nurture and engage newcomers as well as to continue acquiring new boaters.  Discover Boating B2B, the online industry resource center, offers free tools and marketing materials at your fingertips to help improve consumer ...

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Coast Guard Foundation opens 2021 scholarship opportunities

Coast Guard Foundation logo

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced today that it has kicked off its 2021 scholarship season. Accepting applications from February 1 through March 15, children of Coast Guard members may apply for annual scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to fund undergraduate education. Scholarships ...

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Virtual AMI Conference & Expo opens today

AMI Virtual Conference begins

After a week of successful pre-conference workshops, the 2021 Virtual Association of Marina Industries (AMI) Conference & Expo officially opens today with the annual AMI member meeting and a virtual trivia night for some fun and networking. The annual member meeting, scheduled for 4:00pm – 5:00 p.m. EST, will be held via Zoom. You can access links to the meeting, including ...

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MRAA names 2021 Board of Directors

MRAA logo

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced its Board of Directors for 2021, including new chairman, Rob Soucy, President of Port Harbor Marine. Soucy has served on the MRAA Board of Directors since 2006, most recently as the MRAA Vice Chairman. He replaces Joe Hoffmaster, owner of Hoffmaster’s Marina, who served two years as the Chairman and now moves ...

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President Biden signs Made in America Executive Order

Made in America event

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers, which directs federal agencies to increase Buy American requirements for procuring goods and services from sources that maximize the use of U.S.-produced goods and U.S.-offered services. President Biden’s EO creates a new “Made in ...

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NMMA: Wakesurfing legislation heating up in some states

With several state legislatures schedule to resume operations in the days and weeks ahead, the NMMA advocacy team is engaging with policymakers across the country on key recreational boating industry issues, including wake surfing access. To date, four state legislatures have acted on this critical issue, and more are expected to follow suit throughout 2021. Below is a list of ...

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