2015 Darlene Briggs Award application and nomination process kicks off

The MRAA Educational Foundation is seeking nominations and applications for the 2015 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award.

The late Darlene Briggs, of Wayzata, Minn., was admired for her tireless dedication to the marine industry. To honor her memory, the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award was founded in 1987. It is presented annually to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry at any level. It recognizes “long and devoted service, untiring commitment, and the advancement of women in the marine business.”

“The more women that we can get into the boating industry, the more appealing that we also can make boating for women,” said Margaret Podlich, the 2014 Darlene Briggs Award recipient and president of BoatUS, in an interview with Boating Industry magazine. “Diversifying [the industry] so it is just as appealing and available to women is really important …”

The 2015 recipient will be presented with the award at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, taking place Nov. 15-18 in Orlando, Fla. The event is co-produced by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry magazine. The recipient receives a trophy furnished by Boating Industry, which will publicize the presentation and feature the successful candidate in an issue following the event.

For more information, or to apply or nominate, please visit the Darlene Briggs Award page of the MRAA website: www.mraa.com/DarleneBriggsAward. The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2015, and the deadline for applications is September 30.


Please contact Liz Walz with any questions at 315-692-4533 or liz@mraa.com. You do not need to be nominated to apply.

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