Tag Archives: Frank Hugelmeyer

BoatPAC to host presidential debate virtual watch party

Made in America event

On Tuesday, September 29, BoatPAC — the joint federal political action committee of the MRAA and the NMMA — will host a virtual watch party for the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be headlined by MRAA president, Matt Gruhn and NMMA president, Frank ...

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Kris Carroll inducted into NMMA Hall of Fame

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recently announced the induction of Kris Carroll, president of Grady-White Boats, into the NMMA Hall of Fame. Carroll will be presented with the 2020 NMMA Hall of Fame Award – the Association’s highest honor – during the Opening Session of the 2020 IBEX Online: A Virtual Experience (pre-registration required to attend) on September 29 at 10:30a.m. EST.  “I’m humbled ...

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NMMA, MRAA form strategic partnership to expand Discover Boating

NMMA and MRAA today announced the merger of Grow Boating, Inc. into NMMA as part of a redefined strategic partnership between the two organizations. In addition, NMMA in Canada will work with the U.S.-based NMMA and MRAA to develop coordinated campaigns supporting a more unified North American brand.The efforts are designed to better-amplify and expand Discover Boating as the marine ...

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Congress passes Great American Outdoors Act

Yesterday, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, Congress passed the Great American Outdoors Act – legislation that will stimulate the recreational boating industry and create more safe and sustainable recreation access for all Americans. The bill – which is expected to be signed by President Trump in the coming days – follows years of advocacy by the outdoor recreation community, including NMMA and ...

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NMMA president featured in FOX Business

NMMA president, Frank Hugelmeyer recently penned an opinion piece in FOX Business highlighting why recreational boating is the perfect activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  “As springtime came to a close, fears of a ‘lost summer’ echoed throughout the country,” wrote Hugelmeyer. “Thankfully, our natural resources are wide open for the recreational activities that have long been a hallmark of the ...

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Fishing for a pandemic panacea

By David Gee More than 49 million Americans find their way to freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing ever year, but fishing’s popularity has surged since the COVID-19 crisis gripped the country. “Fishing is obviously something you can easily and safely do while social distancing,” says Stephanie Vatalaro, senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Recreational Boating & Fishing ...

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Clean Vessels Act program receives funding

Clean Vessel Act

The Clean Vessels Act program has received $32.8 million in grants – with an additional non-federal match of $21.9 million – for states and communities to support outdoor recreation and help boaters keep America’s waters clean. The funding comes from the CVA program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program which provide monies to communities to build and maintain facilities ...

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Outdoor recreation industry makes final push for Great American Outdoors Act

Over 100 outdoor businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to mom-and-pop shops, including specialty retailers, apparel, gear and vehicle manufacturers, outfitters and guides, campground and marina operators, and more sent a letter to Senate leadership urging swift passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) in order to stimulate the outdoor recreation industry, made up of thousands of small businesses, and provide safe ...

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Senate poised to pass Great American Outdoors Act

The U.S. Senate will vote on the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act when the body returns to Washington, D.C. in June. NMMA said it is a strong supporter of the measure, which provides mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the national park maintenance backlog. “The Great American Outdoors Act strikes the critical balance of ...

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ABC 2020 in full swing online

Yesterday marked the first day of the 2020 virtual American Boating Congress (ABC) event where, despite not being able to meet in person, over 800 participants from across the country attended to learn about NMMA’s advocacy efforts to protect the boating industry during the current COVID-19 crisis. The programming – which was covered by Beltway media – included a variety ...

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