Tag Archives: MMTA

MMTA celebrates workforce development funding

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the 2023 state budget, which included $150,000 in funding for workforce development and career technical education initiatives within the recreational boating industry. This funding will continue the successful initiatives and progress that the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) has made over the last five-plus years to meet the workforce challenges within the industry. ...

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Profiles in Leadership: Randall M. Lyons

By Wanda Kenton Smith During a summer college stint 25 years ago, Randall Lyons unwittingly launched his marine industry career as a head cleaner at the Nantucket Boat Basin, one of the most famous marinas in the world. He returned to work the next two seasons and was promoted to “head cleaner supervisor,” where he was actively engaged in managing ...

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MMTA names Legislator of the Year

Last week State Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) was named the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) Legislator of the Year. “To be named the MMTA Legislator of the Year means a great deal to me,” said O’Connor. “The MMTA and Executive Director Lyons have been an incredible resource as my colleagues, and I try to find ways to support the marine trades ...

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Massachusetts Marine Trades Association honors Larry Russo Sr.

The MMTA presented longtime industry leader Larry Russo Sr. the Frank Farrell Distinguished Service Award. Larry grew up in the recreational boating industry and has had a legendary career that has spanned nearly 60 years. After Russo Marine was acquired by MarineMax in 2016, he remained as Senior Vice President of MarineMax Northeast. The award is in honor of the late ...

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Massachusetts Marine Trades Association to host Business of Boating conference

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) will host the annual Business of Boating (BOB) conference on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Lakeview Pavilion, in Foxboro. This will be the 16th year for this educational conference. Recognizing the changing business environment and in an effort to attract more attendees from across the country, the conference will be a hybrid event with a ...

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MMTA workforce solutions amendment passes state budget

Last week Governor Baker signed the 2022 state budget, which included $150,000 in funding for workforce development and career technical education initiatives within the recreational boating industry. This funding will continue the progress the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) has made to meet the workforce challenges within the industry. The recreational boating industry in Massachusetts has an economic impact of ...

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Workforce Development: Why it matters

By Sarah DevlinContent Director, American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) The 2021 Boating Industry annual dealer survey indicates one of the top challenges for dealers is finding qualified marine technicians. For this three-part series, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) team is reaching out to key players in the industry to address why this is a concern, what programs ...

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MMTA receives $20k state grant for Stay Local program

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) announced it has received a $20,000 recovery grant from the Massachusetts office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) to help market their 2021 Stay Local Boat Ma program. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, MOTT Executive Director Keiko Orrall, State Senator Edward Kennedy & State Representative Carole Fiola presented the ...

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MMTA releases two new workforce industry videos

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) is pleased to announce the release of two new videos highlighting the boating industry, with a focus on industry jobs in Massachusetts. The videos will lead the viewer to the Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust (MMTET) website: http://massboatingcareers.com. Recognizing the importance of workforce development within the boating industry in Massachusetts, the MMTA & MMTET have ...

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Massachusetts Marine Trades Association to host 2021 webinar series

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) announced it will host a Business of Boating (BOB) webinar series from January to April of 2021. The MMTA has decided to transition from their normal in person Business of Boating conference to a remote BOB webinar series for 2021.  The webinar series will allow the MMTA to provide their members with educational opportunities ...

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