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Frank Hugelmeyer named new NMMA President

NMMA announced its Board of Directors has selected Frank Hugelmeyer, a veteran leader in the outdoor recreation industry, as the association’s next president. He succeeds Thom Dammrich, who has led the NMMA for 20 years and announced his retirement in 2018. “Frank brings extensive experience and expertise in outdoor recreation and association management to NMMA, making him the ideal growth-minded ...

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Agreement reached for Section 232 tariffs

On Friday, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. reached an agreement on Section 232 aluminum and steel tariffs and subsequent retaliation. The agreement clears the deck for ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) and marks the end of all North American retaliatory tariffs on boats. In response, NMMA president, Thom Dammrich stated, "The agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico ...

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350 converge on D.C. for ABC 2019

My top takeaway from three days in our nation’s capital for the 2019 edition of the American Boating Congress? That every American, regardless of what it is they do for a living, should spend a day on Capitol Hill, meeting with lawmakers from their district, having their voices and opinions heard, and getting a glimpse into how Washington works. I ...

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NMMA and NMMA Canada celebrate elimination of Canadian retaliatory tariffs on U.S. boats

Last week, the Government of Canada removed all retaliatory tariffs on U.S. recreational boats entering Canada, immediately ending a levy that hurt boat businesses on both sides of the border. NMMA and NMMA Canada heralded the news, calling the action a momentous step in the right direction for the North American marine industry, which has been particularly suppressed by tariffs ...

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NMMA welcomes $20 million in grants for recreational boating infrastructure projects

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program continues its substantial contributions to recreational boaters and local communities and their economies through this year’s award of $20.6 million in grants to states and U.S. territories. By providing funding to support dedicated boat facilities and associated amenities, the BIG program helps Americans enjoy the nation’s waters and our ...

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NSBC names Thom Dammrich 2019 Boating Safety Hall of Fame recipient

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) inducted NMMA president Thom Dammrich into the NSBC Boating Safety Hall of Fame during the recent 2019 International Boating and Water Safety Summit. The NSBC Boating Safety Hall of Fame is the organization’s most prestigious award, recognizing those who have provided vital leadership and boating safety support throughout their career. Dammrich has been at ...

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NMMA’s Thom Dammrich receives WSIA Lifetime Achievement Award

The Watersports Industry Association (WSIA) presented NMMA president Thom Dammrich with its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award during the association’s annual Summit earlier this month. The Lifetime Achievement Award is WSIA's highest honor and recognizes an individual whose career has been dedicated to the progression and promotion of towed water sports.  The 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by WSIA's Kevin ...

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Survey finds power equipment misfueling on the rise

A new study commissioned by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 2,000 U.S. adults, shows that for the sixth year in a row consumer confusion reigns supreme at the gas pump due to changes in the fuels marketplace, especially when it comes to fueling outdoor power equipment, boats, snowmobiles, personal transport vehicles, golf ...

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House approves Natural Resources Management Act, awaits President Trump’s signature

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47) – bipartisan legislation would bolster conservation efforts and access to public lands and waters. NMMA applauded the bill’s passage – a top priority of the outdoor recreation community – and urged President Trump to sign it into law. “The House’s unanimous approval of the National ...

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NOAA, recreational boat and fishing community sign memorandum of agreement

During an event at the 2019 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and representatives of the recreational boating and fishing community – led by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) – signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which seeks to develop and expand a framework of cooperation for planning and implementing mutually ...

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