MRAA presents Bill Ferguson Awards

OAK PARK, Ill. – Two regional marine trades associations have won this year’s Bill Ferguson Award, given annually by the Marine Retailers Association of America to a local, state, or regional marine trades association that has exhibited a strong and concerted effort on behalf of its membership, MRAA reported in a release yesterday.

The New York Marine Trades Association and Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association won the award, marking the first time in the history of the honor that two associations have been recognized in the same year.

Both awards were presented to members of the proper associations during the MRAA Convention in Las Vegas. The award is named in honor of the first executive director of MRAA.

“Their steadfast commitment to creating a level playing field for retailers in the arena of dealer/manufacturer agreements is noteworthy and they are to be commended,” said Larry Innis, director of Governmental Affairs for MRAA.

In early November, the NYMTA completed a successful campaign to enact Senate Bill S6610C, which is entitled “Vessel Dealer Agreement.”

Lake of the Ozarks MDA recently completed the effort to see Missouri House Bill 1288, relating to contractual agreements between manufacturers and other merchants, signed into law.

“State and regional associations working on behalf of their members and answering the calls to action those members ask for is what makes the system work,” said Phil Keeter, MRAA president. “We commend their efforts enthusiastically.”

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