MRAA calls for Lifetime Achievement Award nominations

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has opened the nomination period for the Third Annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes marine retail professionals who have made fundamental, significant and sustained contributions to the marine industry.

Applications are due October 18, 2019.

Last year, Gary Briggs of Wayzata Marine, Wayzata, Minn., was named the second recipient of the award. Briggs was a founding member of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Marine Dealers Association and has remained active for more than 50 years. He held a 43-year membership of the North Central Marine Association, and he became an MRAA member in the mid 1970s. And over the years, he was recognized as the founder of the Darlene Briggs Marine Industry Woman of the Year Award, Boat & Motor Dealer magazine’s National Dealer of the Year, an Irv Rosenthal Award winner and an NCMA Hall of Fame inductee.

The selection of the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be made on the basis of the nominee’s contributions to the industry; the lasting impact of those contributions; and the demonstration of a lifetime commitment to the business of selling and/or servicing boats, and the delivery of an outstanding boating lifestyle to consumers.

“Presenting the MRAA Lifetime Achievement Award has quickly become one of the greatest honors of my professional position,” said Matt Gruhn, president of MRAA. “The leaders we recognize through this award really laid the groundwork for the health and prosperity of the marine industry and our incredible network of boat dealers.”

The award will be presented on December 10, 2019, during the MRAA Awards Ceremony, at the inaugural Dealer Week, MRAA’s new conference and expo. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit here.

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