MRAA to manage North Central Marine Association
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Posted by: Matt Gruhn
— The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the North Central Marine
Association announced today that the MRAA has been selected to assume the management
of the NCMA.
NCMA, based in Minneapolis, is a nearly 60-year-old marine trades association
that serves the state of Minnesota and businesses from neighboring states. The
award-winning trade association was managed for years by a local management
firm, but when the recession hit, it narrowed its offerings to the services of
a full-time lobbyist. Now, the NCMA is officially back up and running at full
capacity, thanks to a working relationship between the two associations.
are honored to play a role in the rejuvenation of the NCMA,” says Matt Gruhn,
President of MRAA and newly named Director of NCMA. "As a member of the
Minnesota marine industry for the better part of the last 16 years, I feel
connected and personally vested in the success of this group and its members. With
the common interests shared by MRAA and NCMA, it is a natural progression for
us to join forces.”
MRAA will manage the NCMA’s administrative functions and bookkeeping
responsibilities in addition to taking responsibility for the NCMA’s marketing,
legislative efforts and membership growth. MRAA will also organize and produce
all NCMA events, including the association’s annual meeting, golf outing, and
annual awards and hall of fame banquet, among other things.
is a great opportunity for NCMA to get its feet back on the ground and begin
its return to the prominent association that it once was,” says Jerry Rockvam,
chairman of the NCMA board and president of Rockvam Boatyards, Inc., Spring
Park, Minn. "With Matt’s knowledge of our members and our local market, MRAA’s access
to resources to manage our efforts, and the revamping of our most critical
member benefits, we are poised to once again unite the marine community in
About Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
Celebrating its 40th
anniversary in 2012, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is the
only North American association dedicated to furthering the interests of boat
and engine dealers and other marine-related retailers throughout North America.
Under the umbrella of MRAA Rewards, the MRAA offers a host of cost-saving,
revenue-generating, business-improvement, and professional-development benefits
exclusively for its members. MRAA is the united voice of marine retailers. For
more information, visit www.MRAA.com.
About North Central Marine Association
Founded in 1956, the North Central
Marine Association promotes marine industry vitality and retail profitability
in the North Central region of the United States through member serivces, legislative
action and educational programs. It is the only organization in the region that
encompasses the full scope of the recreational marine industry, and the
collection of diverse interests unites in promoting recreational boating.