Norman-Spencer Marine Insurance renews as Marine Retail University title sponsor
Friday, February 22, 2013
Posted by: Liz Walz
MINNEAPOLIS — The
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Dominion Marine Media announced
today that Norman-Spencer Marine Insurance has renewed its commitment as the
title sponsor of the Marine Retail University.
Marine Insurance signed on immediately following the launch of the Marine
Retail University event series in November 2011. Under its original contract,
Norman-Spencer supported each of the four MRU events in 2012, the first event
in 2013, and will also support the sixth MRU event, to be held in Albany, N.Y.,
on March 6th. Norman-Spencer has renewed its support for the
remainder of the 2013 MRU event series.
been an incredible partner for us as we have launched and taken MRU to
unexpected heights over the last year and a half,” says Matt Gruhn, MRAA
President. "They have believed in the mission of the MRU series from the moment
we first mentioned it, and they are a part of the foundation we have built, as
we now look to expand the reach of the MRU series.”
Marine Retail University event series was originally designed to host about 50
attendees in four regional stops across the country. Those four events quickly
became six, as two events were added in early 2013. Having made stops in San
Antonio, Texas; Orlando, Fla.; Lansing, Mich.; Portland, Maine; and Boston,
Mass.; the MRU events have averaged more than 65 attendees over these first five
stops. Four additional MRU events are already in the plans for 2013.
"Education and knowledge
are two critical components to the success of any business and the MRU provides
participants the ability to receive this information on a regional basis,”
says Mark Yearn, Norman-Spencer Marine National Program Director. "The content
of material presented at the MRU leaves attendees with valuable tools they need
in order to make well educated business decisions as well as providing them
with the opportunity to network with their peers. It has truly been a success
thus far, and we look forward to working with MRAA and Dominion in expanding
the program further in 2013.”
"The support of local Marine Trade Associations,
dealers and industry partners like Norman-Spencer have been essential to the
success of the MRU series,” says Courtney Chalmers, Director of Marketing for
Dominion Marine Media. "It’s exciting to move into 2013 with such momentum as we continue with our plans to expand the series more broadly across the United
States and to offer such a wide-breadth of resources for dealers and marine
businesses who attend.”
Marine Retail University
The Marine Retail University is a regional
educational event series focused on providing its audiences with
market-specific trends and information, as well as the expert advice and best
practices for capitalizing on those trends. The event series is co-produced by
the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Dominion Marine Media, and
the partners seek to work closely with local, state and regional trade
associations to maximize opportunities for their members. To discuss bringing
an MRU event to your region, contact Matt Gruhn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-315-8043.
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
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 Dominion Marine Media
Dominion Marine Media
is the recreational marine industry division of Dominion Enterprises - a
leading marketing services company serving the automotive, marine, enthusiast
and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, travel, and employment
industries. Dominion Enterprises' businesses provide a comprehensive
suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising,
lead generation, CRM, website design and hosting, and data management
services. The company has more than 60 market-leading websites reaching more
than 20.9 million unique visitors monthly. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the
company has 3,300 employees in more than 186 offices nationwide.
About Norman-Spencer Agency, Inc.
Norman-Spencer provides Marine Industry leading insurance services
to clients and insurance buyers nationwide.
Endorsed as the providor of insurance services to MRAA Members since
1988, their products include dealer insurance, manufacturers insurance, marina
insurance and consumer boat/yacht insurance. For more information, visitwww.norman-spencer.com. Follow Norman-Spencer Agency via Twitter.