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MRAA elects officers, appoints at large directors

Monday, November 21, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Gruhn
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BOCA GRANDE, Fla. — The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has elected the association's three officers to one-year terms and two board members to three-year terms in addition to appointing four at-large directors.

During the association's annual meeting, David Foulkrod of Ron Hoover RV & Marine was elected as Chairman; Steve Baum of Boat Owners Warehouse, was elected as Vice Chairman; and Randy Wattenbarger of Cleveland Boat Center, was elected Secretary/Treasurer. Each officer was elected to his second term.

"MRAA is fortunate to have this outstanding team of business leaders to lead the association through 2012," said Phil Keeter, MRAA President.

Members also voted at the annual meeting to elect Joe Hoffmaster and Jim Thorpe as regional directors. Hoffmaster, from Hoffmaster's Marina, was selected as director of Region 3, which includes Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Thorpe, from Spring Brook Marina, was selected as director of Region 6, covering Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Directors in the remaining eight regions are serving existing terms.

Chairman Foulkrod appointed four at-large directors to one-year terms, including Rob Soucy of Port Harbor Marine; Ken Cope of Cope Marine; Nancy Smith of Colorado Boat Center; and Ryan Hebert of Texas Marine. And as members of his executive committee, Foulkrod appointed Baum; Wattenbarger; immediate past chairman Ed Lofgren; Region 5 Director Joe Lewis of Mt. Dora Boating Center; Region 7 Director John Vallely, Jr., of Vallely Sport & Marine; and Smith.

"I'm honored to be serving a second term working with such a dynamic board," says Foulkrod. "With such diverse marine industry backgrounds, I expect this board will demonstrate the leadership and guidance necessary to propel MRAA through changing times while improving the return on investment for all MRAA members."