NMMA to provide management services for SOBA

CHICAGO – The National Marine Manufacturers Association and the States Organization for Boating Access have signed an official memorandum of understanding that promises to ensure a much closer working relationship between the two organizations moving forward, the groups said in a press release yesterday.

Under the terms of the MOU, which was signed June 19 at the Small Vessel Security Summit in Arlington, Va., NMMA will provide management services to SOBA, including overseeing association finances; maintaining its membership roster and database information; developing and hosting its Web site; assisting with monthly SOBA board meetings; directing in-house communications and publications; and assisting with SOBA’s annual conference and awards program. Both organizations will also work closely on regulatory and legislative initiatives aimed at helping preserve and expand boating access.

Bernice McArdle, NMMA director of Affiliates, will serve as SOBA’s executive director, implementing plans and programs the SOBA board approves.

“There are so many synergies between the goals of NMMA and SOBA that it just made sense to forge a stronger alliance and working relationship,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA president. “Together, the two groups will combine their greatest strengths and help lead the charge to not only protect, but also grow boating access.”

“Because the issues we deal with are so deeply entrenched with the industry’s ongoing water access efforts, SOBA felt it was appropriate to turn to NMMA in the hopes we could join forces and form a united, collective voice,” said Terry Boyd, SOBA president and chief engineer with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in Alabama. “Signing the MOU solidifies the commitment both groups made to one another and ensures a strong effort will be made on behalf of the boating industry and boating enthusiasts all across the country to maintain ample water access for future generations to enjoy.”

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