Marge Eckenroad to retire after 36 years with MRAA
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Posted by: Matt Gruhn
BOCA GRANDE, Fla. – The Marine Retailers
Association of the Americas announced today that, after 36 years of devoted
service to the association and industry at large, Marge Eckenroad is retiring,
effective April 30, 2012.
Eckenroad began working on a part-time basis for
the MRAA in 1976 and accepted an offer to join the association full time in 1989.
She worked side-by-side with the leadership of the association over her career,
working directly with all four of the association’s executive
directors/presidents. She worked alongside immediate past president Phil Keeter,
as Executive Assistant, for his entire 23-year tenure with the association.
is truly losing the most dedicated employee it has ever had,” says Keeter, who
retired at the end of 2011. "I could always count on Marge to ‘go the extra
mile’ for MRAA. No task was too big or small for her to undertake and complete.
As I said at my retirement party, she has truly been the brains behind the
association. Marge stored a huge amount of industry knowledge and insight in
her position and helped MRAA prosper. She has more than earned her retirement
and will surely be missed.”
Keeter announced his retirement, it was Eckenroad’s dedication to the long-term
success of the association that inspired her to want to stay on to assist the
new president of the association with the transition into the role. And new
MRAA president Matt Gruhn echoes Keeter’s praise.
has been a tremendous resource for the association and for me as I have moved
into this new role,” Gruhn says. "Her unending commitment and dedication to
serving the MRAA and its members is something we will work hard to emulate as
she moves into retirement. We are indebted to her for dedicating her career to
did I realize, when I was first hired to manage the MRAA Dealer Congress in
1976, how interesting and long the journey would be,” says Eckenroad. "As I
became more involved in MRAA, I did not consider it a job but it was something
that I wanted to do. What I will miss most is the contact with all the great
people in the marine industry that I have gotten to know over the years.”
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. For more information, visit www.MRAA.com.