Texas Marine's Ryan Hebert named YLAC chairman
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Posted by: Matt Gruhn
BOCA GRANDE, Fla. – The Marine
Retailers Association of the Americas announced today that Ryan Hebert of Texas
Marine, Beaumont, Texas, has been named Chairman of the association’s Young
Leaders Advisory Council.
Hebert, 29, has amassed a number
of leadership credentials during his time in the marine industry. He began
working at his family dealership at the age of 13 and has been involved in the
day-to-day operations of the three-store dealership since graduating from Texas
State University in 2005. Hebert has been involved in dealer councils, a Spader
20 Group and a number of other industry efforts. He currently sits on the board
of directors for the Boating Trades Association of Texas, and his seat as YLAC
chair also earns him a spot on the MRAA Board of Directors.
Ryan helped Texas Marine achieve
Five Star Marine Industry Certified Dealership status each of the last five
years, and the company has also been named to Boating Industry’s list of the industry’s Top 100 Dealers for each
of the program’s seven years.
Hebert succeeds Carly Poole of
Buckeye Marine (Bobcaygeon, Ontario) who chaired YLAC for its first two years
of existence and who will remain on the council. YLAC was formed by the MRAA
board of directors in 2009 to bring a younger generation of dealership
management into the association. Made up of a group of 15 industry professionals
who have had at least seven years of industry experience and are under the age
of 40, YLAC provides information and recommendations to the MRAA board on
matters pertaining to the development and enhancement of the association.
Other YLAC members include: Martin
Boyer, Austin Boats & Motors; Thalia Chase, Castaway Marina; Jeff Haradine,
WakeSide Marine; Kyle Kelly, Kelly’s Port; Chris Kewley, Nobles’ Marine; Craig
LeBlanc, Allen Harbor Marine Service; Matthew Lodder, Lodder’s Marine; Brad Parker,
Parker Boats of Daytona; Carly Poole, Buckeye Marine; Alex Russo, Russo Marine;
Eric Smith, Colorado Boat Center; Josh Vallely, Vallely Sport & Marine; Liz
Walz, Boating Industry; and Lauren
Woodard-Splatt, Woodard Marine.
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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.
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