MRAA launches Young Professionals Community
Monday, October 15, 2012
Posted by: Matt Gruhn
MINNEAPOLIS — The
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced today that it has launched
a brand new Young Professionals Community to foster growth and networking
opportunities among emerging leaders in the marine industry.
The brainchild of
the MRAA’s Young Leaders Advisory Council, this Young Professionals
will offer any interested industry participants new and exciting ways to
interact with one
another and grow in their careers. The MRAA will offer the community
participants a variety of educational programs, in addition to
facilitating networking opportunities both
in-person and online. And there are no restrictions to who can join this
"There are those in
the marine industry who suggest that the dealer body has been a ‘good old boys’
network, unable or unwilling to welcome different perspectives on how today’s
dealerships and/or the marine industry at large operates,’” says Matt Gruhn, President of the MRAA.
"We believe differently. We believe that the marine industry has plenty of
youth, plenty of new ideas, and plenty of opportunity for growth when powered
by a combination of proven processes and practices, new ideas and next-generation
"The MRAA wants to
foster that growth by connecting the future leaders of this industry, and by giving them the tools and the platform for finding that growth
The first gathering
of the Young Professionals Community will take place at the upcoming Marine
Dealer Conference & Expo, which is being held Nov. 11-14, 2012, in Orlando,
Fla. The MRAA is hosting a Young Professionals Leadership Development Event on Tuesday
night of the MDCE (that’s the 13th), which will feature a session on
"The 3 Motivators Every Leader Needs to Understand.” This session will be
taught by Spader Business Management’s David Spader, who also will be speaking as part of the Powering Profits track at this year's MDCE. Following the
session, the group will have the opportunity to attend an informal late-night networking session at Pointe Orlando, across
the street from the MDCE headquarters.
Learn more and register for the Young Professionals event here. To attend, you simply must be registered for MDCE.
"By helping connect and educate this industry's next generation of leadership," Gruhn explains, "the MRAA can contribute to the long-term health and success of the boating industry. This Young Professionals Community is just the beginning of that effort."
The Young Professionals Community is already live at MRAA.com. Members of the
MRAA can access the community by logging in, joining the Young Leaders Group page (follow the Groups and Networking tabs over on the left side of MRAA.com),
registering for the Young Professionals Leadership Development and interacting
with fellow Young Professionals there. Participate in forums, connect with
peers and take advantage of all the community has to offer.
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.