New keynote speaker for MRAA Convention

OAK PARK, Ill. – Author, theatrical playwright and producer John Powers will be the keynote speaker Nov. 26 at the Marine Retailers Association of America Annual Convention, MRAA said in a press release yesterday. Powers is replacing Frank Miles, who was originally scheduled, but due to a medical emergency cannot attend.

Powers has authored four books including “The Junk Drawer,” “Corner Store” and “Front Porch Blues.” He is also the playwright and co-producer for the Broadway musical, “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?,” which is presently playing in more than a dozen cities.

Powers has an extensive communications background. He has hosted a PBS special and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including “Oprah” and “Today.” He has received two Emmy Awards for his work in television.

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