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NMMA, MRAA pen joint letter in response to COVID-19 pandemic

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas recently joined forces in response to the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the globe. In the letter, leaders of both organizations call for the recreational boating industry to take action now to prepare for the challenges that come. The statement specifically calls on lenders to offer loan ...

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MRAA provides free access to online learning for boat dealers

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced it has made its entire library of standard educational courses found at MRAATraining.com available for free to any boat dealer who would like access. MRAATraining.com features 140 courses key to dealership growth and success, such as sales, marketing, customer service, F&I and the service department. Nearly 130 of those courses are being ...

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MRAA approves ACMA Resolution for 2020 for advocacy efforts

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ Board of Directors voted to adopt the Advisory Council of Marine Associations’ (ACMA) policy resolution to help direct the MRAA’s legislative and advocacy efforts for 2020. ACMA, created to advise the MRAA on its annual policy agenda, is comprised of state, regional and national marine trade associations, and met at MRAA’s 2019 Dealer ...

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MRAA announces 2020 Dealer Week dates, location

Next week MRAA’s new conference and expo, Dealer Week, will kick off in Tampa, Fla. However, MRAA said plans are already underway for the 2020 event, which the association announced will take place Dec. 8-11 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. “The MRAA has many members in the western half of the U.S. —  and in Texas itself ...

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120 Marine Dealerships Completed MRAA Continuous Certification Program in Inaugural Year

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas says more than 120 marine dealerships completed the inaugural year of the association’s Continuous Certification program. The all-new Continuous Certification program was launched in January 2018 as a powerful revamp to the previous “Re-Certification” process. The new program was built specifically for Certified Dealers and not only qualified dealers to maintain their Dealership ...

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MRAA names 2019 Dealer Week ‘Education Hosts’

MRAA announced that it will divide its education during its new Dealer Week conference into three main classrooms, or Education Pathways: The Dealership, The Customer and The Employee. Each of these Pathways will feature sessions, case studies, workshops, dealer-to-dealer interaction — and a top marine industry trainer as host. These dedicated “Education Hosts” will act as guides throughout the week ...

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MRAA opens registration for new conference

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas launched registration for its new annual conference, Dealer Week. Attendees can sign up for the event now at DealerWeek.com. Attendees can sign up earlier than ever before with a new price point, Earliest Bird, that lasts through March 31. Earliest Bird offers pricing of $424 for MRAA Members and $524 for Non-Members. “We’ve ...

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MRAA names new director of education

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has announced the hiring of Mike Davin as the association’s new Director of Education. Prior to joining MRAA, Mike served as Director of Marketing and Communications at The Event Group, where he partnered with clients on marketing, strategic planning and event management. In his role, he helped produce events of all sizes, from ...

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MRAA honors 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas named Gary Briggs of Wayzata Marine as its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Recognizing Briggs at the MRAA Opening Awards Ceremony at its annual conference last month, MRAA celebrated his numerous accomplishments in the marine industry over the last 51 years. Briggs opened a start-up selling and servicing marine equipment in 1967 and ...

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MRAA names 2018 Great Dealerships to Work For

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas named the marine industry’s inaugural Great Dealerships to Work For, recognizing 20 boat dealers at an awards program last month. The 20 dealerships qualified for recognition through the results of the Marine Industry Certified Dealership Program’s annual Employee Satisfaction Survey. This survey, administered anonymously through the MRAA, asks Certified Dealership employees to answer ...

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