MRAA unveils legislative tracker tool

June 26th, 2024

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) announced the launch of a new legislative tracker. This tool highlights legislation the MRAA is tracking and advocating for or against on behalf of the marine industry. The legislative tracker is powered by public affairs software Quorum. The tracker is divided into state and federal legislation, with […]

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Boat dealers exempt from new FTC auto regulations

January 3rd, 2024

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the final version of its Auto Rule, renamed the Combating Auto Retail Scams (CARS) Rule, exempting marine retailers and other non-automotive dealers. The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) and its coalition partners requested that recreational boat dealers be exempted from the requirements of the rule. In its […]

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MRAA, ABYC launch Service Management Certification program

December 6th, 2023

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) and the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) have announced the all-new Service Management Certification program, which they partnered to develop. The program includes an 11-course online training program with downloadable workbook, a printed study guide and a proctored exam. It was created under the guidance of […]

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MRAA Educational Foundation seeks nominations and applications for scholarships and award

October 3rd, 2023

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) Educational Foundation has announced a call for nominations and applications for the 2023 annual scholarships and the 2023 Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award. Scholarship recipients and the award winner will be presented this December at MRAA’s Dealer Week Conference and Expo in Tampa, Fla. […]

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MRAA releases Dealer Week business podcasts

March 16th, 2023

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) has released eight special-edition “The Boat Biz” podcasts. Recorded at MRAA’s Dealer Week Conference and Expo in Austin in December 2022, the podcasts feature eight guests—two MRAA Strategic Partners (Boats Group and Lightspeed) and six MRAA Education Champions (Boatline, Elite Recreational Finance, Global Marine Insurance, National Marine […]

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MRAA’s Dealer Week 2022 breaks attendance records

December 28th, 2022

After two years that were affected to varying degrees by COVID-19, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA)'s Dealer Week 2022 broke both overall and dealer attendance records earlier this month in Austin, Texas, according to a news release from the organization. Highlights from Dealer Week 2022 included: More than 1,300 dealers and marine […]

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MRAA Dealer Week kicks off Dec. 5

November 14th, 2022

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) Dealer Week, the largest annual marine dealer education event, kicks off on Monday, Dec. 5, in Austin, Texas. The MRAA hosts Dealer Week each year to unite boat retailers, manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and more professionals for a conference and expo to help retailers succeed in 2023 […]

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Industry joins to support grant application for marine job apprenticeships

May 19th, 2022

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) rallied leadership from throughout the marine industry in its application for submission to the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Apprenticeship Building America” grant program. Labeled “Building Out Apprenticed Trades (BOAT) Jobs,” MRAA’s application received written letters of support and recommendation from 26 marine industry organizations, including all of […]

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Exhibitor registration opens for MRAA Dealer Week 2022

April 28th, 2022

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) is returning to Texas Dec. 5-8, 2022, to host its annual education event and celebrate MRAA’s 50th anniversary at the Austin Convention Center. The event is now accepting exhibitor registrations. Dealer Week offers an opportunity for manufacturers, suppliers and service providers to connect with the top dealerships […]

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MRAA’s dealer certification program launches 2022 education

January 28th, 2022

The Marine Industry Certified Dealership program, run by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA), has released its 2022 Continuous Certification curriculum. The program requires dealers to complete this education, plus five other annual requirements to maintain their Certified Dealer status in the years following their initial Certification. For 2022, Certified Dealers will be […]

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