represented MRAA with other associations and groups such as the National
Marine Manufacturers Association, the Recreational Boating and Fishing
Foundation, the National Marine Bankers Association, the National Marine
Distributors Association, the National Marine Representatives
Association, American Recreation Coalition, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Power
Squadron, Marine Environmental Education Foundation, Center for
Environmental Education and Research Inc., National Marine Trades
Council, Advisory Council of Marine Associations and has served on
various boards and advisory groups throughout his career.
He received a
Presidential appointment from George W. Bush to serve on the Boating
Safety Advisory Council and did so for six years. He is the recipient of
the Mel Barr award given by the National Marine Representatives
Association. He is also the recipient of the Phil Keeter Environmental
Education Award given by the Marine Environmental Education Foundation.
He served on the Board of MEEF for several years and received
recognition for that work from the National Clean Boating Campaign.
Keeter presently serves as Vice President of the Grow Boating program
and also serves on the Board of Marine Five Star Dealer Certification.
"It has been my
privilege and honor to have represented the marine dealers throughout
North America for the past 20 plus years," said Keeter. "Having been a
dealer for 30 years before becoming MRAA's president gave me a real
understanding of what a dealer faces every day. They are brave and
fearless small businessmen with their entire fortunes on the line so my
task of representing them has been daunting, but the friendships and
relations I have formed with them are priceless treasures."
in the recreational boating industry began with the establishment of
Romer Marine in Tulsa, Okla., in 1958 during his senior year in college.
In 1986 he sold that dealership after 28 years and went on to become
the Regional Sales Manager for Glastron Boat Company. He held that
position for two years before becoming the President of MRAA.
"MRAA has made a
real difference on the landscape of the recreational boating industry
and today plays the single biggest role in making our industry
successful in the future," Keeter said. "MRAA has forged relationships
with all segments of the industry that I have had the good fortune of
being a part of. I know these will be continued by my successor.
"In this coming
year I will work to secure even stronger bonds for MRAA's future. My
successor must possess far greater skills than I have in this world of
emerging technology because that very technology will help to propel
MRAA to even greater success."
active with Tulsa University, Will Rogers Rotary Club and Boston Avenue
Methodist Church. He is also active with the Tulsa Boat Sport &
Travel Show and the two Green Country RV Shows. Keeter and his wife,
Marilyn, have been married 52 years and have three children and five