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|About the MRAA|
Why We Exist
Our mission is to be the single voice of marine retailers, providing member services that include: fostering and uniting relationships; raising awareness and professionalism; protecting common interests and strengthening all members.
The MRAA has been looking out for the best interests of marine retailers and the boating public since 1972. The association is comprised of boat dealers, marine parts and accessories vendors, marina operators, boatyards, marine service providers, and all those whose livelihood is affected by the marine industry. MRAA is the definitive resource for marine retailers to stay informed on what is happening in the marine industry and help them grow and prosper in their operations. The MRAA Board of Directors is made up of active marine retailers who understand that in the marine business, change can occur very quickly, and they work hard to put the interest of marine retailers first in an effort to better the industry for us all. This is well outlined through our Mission and Values statements.
The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas enjoys the membership and support of not only marine retailers, but
also many Associate and Partner Members who offer
products and programs that help retailers continuously improve their businesses. Through MRAA
membership, Retail, Associate and Partner Members gain access to the community of fellow members, a voice in Washington, D.C., and many programs, services, and products specifically tailored to our industry.
Through the MRAA Rewards Program, we are proud to offer outstanding benefits to our members including: the representation of marine retailers' and the boating public's best interests in
Washington, D.C.; a number of revenue-generating and cost-saving resources and advice; educational and performance-improving opportunities; as well as the strength of a large and powerful
membership comprised of your peers in the boating industry.
Our Board of Directors is comprised of 11 Regional Directors— representing the United States and Canada — 4 At Large Directors, and 4 Officers. These board members volunteer their time to help to make the retail boating business the best that it can possibly be.
you're looking for a formal position on the board or a committee or
you're simply looking to network with other professionals with similar
interests, we encourage you to get involved! If you aren't yet a member,
If you are a member but would like to have a greater impact, give your
feedback or get involved with one of our working committees!
Be involved with like-minded business people
Be part of a United Voice
MRAA has a commanding presence on Capitol Hill, protecting the interests of its members. Many of today's most affirmative marine-related laws and policies lead back to the MRAA's leadership in Washington through the work of Larry Innis. Larry is the nation's leading authority and activist representing the MRAA and its members. For more than 20 years, Larry has tirelessly stood for constructive changes that affect the marine business as well as acting as a communication vessel between the MRAA and Washington. The far-reaching representation continues to put the concerns of marine operators in the forefront of the nation's lawmakers, as well as keeping MRAA members informed of changes and impending issues. And we need your support, both for direction on the individual issues and for funding the efforts in D.C. Learn more about Larry Innis.
MRAA Rewards Program: For Members ONLY
Awards & Scholarships
The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is committed to the continued health of the marine industry, as well as providing education and support to all of its members. Through this mission, the MRAA has created a number of scholarships to financially assist the professional development of those in the marine industry and has also set up an educational foundation to ensure this initiative continues to grow and prosper. The MRAA Educational Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation, was founded in 2004 to provide financial support for education, training and professional development in the recreational marine trades. MRAA and the MRAA Educational Foundation are dedicated to the growth of the recreational marine industry through workforce development. The MRAA offers three different educational scholarships.