Trade Associations

NMEA Summer training goes virtual

The NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) is now offering live, online summer training to the marine electronics world. The instructor-led installer certification classes are live and last 6 - 8 hours. "The timing will accommodate installers all across the world," said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA's president and executive director. The delivery method for the training is GoToWebinar, where students view and ...

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Michigan lifts motorized boating restrictions

Michigan marina

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-59, extending her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through May 15. However, the new order also removes some restrictions on outdoor activities like motorized boating – a top priority of the recreational boating community. Leading up to the decision, NMMA worked with members of Michigan’s congressional delegation, along with state level officials to advocate ...

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New NMMA resource for resuming marine manufacturing operations

NMMA resource for boat builders

NMMA has created a new resource to help the recreational boating industry implement proper social distancing, health and safety measures in manufacturing facilities. According to NMMA, marine manufacturing plants possess the unique capability to restructure their floor plans in order to reduce potential COVID-19 exposures. As states allow for manufacturing operations to return, NMMA believes these key safety measures will ...

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MRAA launches COVID-19 employee sentiment survey for dealers

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced it has developed a survey tool, the COVID-19 Employee Sentiment Survey, that dealers can use to measure employee sentiment during this COVID-19 pandemic. The survey tool, which has been modified from the standard Employee Satisfaction Survey offered by the Marine Industry Certified Dealership Program, provides dealerships with a custom link that can ...

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ORR proposes CARES Act fixes to support outdoor recreation

As schools, businesses, shops and more temporarily close because of COVID-19, Americans are looking to the outdoors – while adhering to CDC guidelines – to provide a necessary reprieve from the intense mental and physical stress caused by this crisis and the vital efforts to combat it. In order to recover from this economic recession, members of the Outdoor Recreation ...

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Discover Boating reports strong web traffic boost

Despite circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Discover Boating is seeing strong performance and growth over the past year, providing early indicators around consumer interest. The campaign’s quick pivot to ensure a more empathetic and purpose-driven voice, its data-driven approach to content, and strategic site optimization are working hand-in-hand to connect with consumers in a meaningful way.  The Discover Boating team is tapping into ...

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Miami-Dade County set to reopen boat ramps, marinas

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez recently announced a three-phase plan for reopening the county’s recreation spaces, including public boat ramps and marinas. NMMA and its members said they worked closely with the mayor’s staff to develop the reopening plan, with Joe Neber, president and owner of Contender Boats serving on the taskforce that provided guidance on easing social-distancing restrictions. While ...

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METSTRADE appoints new director

With more than 15 years of professional experience in various international trade fairs in RAI Amsterdam and with a great love for water sports, Niels Klarenbeek will succeed Irene Dros as the new director of METSTRADE. Niels Klarenbeek is 42 years old and has been an avid water sports enthusiast for years. In his spare time he loves to sail ...

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NMDA Cancels S.T.E.P. 2020

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The National Marine Distributors Association, the trade association for U.S. and Canadian marine products distributors, have announced their decision to cancel S.T.E.P., Sales, Training, Education and Purchasing,for 2020. “This was not a decision made lightly, nor was it one we wanted to make,” said Laura Leon, of Medart Marine and president of NMDA. "But considering where we are in fighting ...

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MRAA, Rollick expand partnership with MRAA member benefits

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Rollick announced an expansion of the organizations’ partnership, aimed at helping boat dealers attract new customers, enhance the customer experience, streamline the buying process and measure satisfaction throughout the sale and ownership cycles. The expansion of this relationship gives MRAA member dealers discount access of 5% and MRAA Certified Dealers discount access ...

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