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Norman-Spencer Marine Insurance renews as Marine Retail University title sponsor

Friday, February 22, 2013   (0 Comments)
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MINNEAPOLIS — The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Dominion Marine Media announced today that Norman-Spencer Marine Insurance has renewed its commitment as the title sponsor of the Marine Retail University.

Norman-Spencer Marine Insurance signed on immediately following the launch of the Marine Retail University event series in November 2011. Under its original contract, Norman-Spencer supported each of the four MRU events in 2012, the first event in 2013, and will also support the sixth MRU event, to be held in Albany, N.Y., on March 6th. Norman-Spencer has renewed its support for the remainder of the 2013 MRU event series.

"Norman-Spencer has been an incredible partner for us as we have launched and taken MRU to unexpected heights over the last year and a half,” says Matt Gruhn, MRAA President. "They have believed in the mission of the MRU series from the moment we first mentioned it, and they are a part of the foundation we have built, as we now look to expand the reach of the MRU series.”

The Norman-Spencer Marine Retail University event series was originally designed to host about 50 attendees in four regional stops across the country. Those four events quickly became six, as two events were added in early 2013. Having made stops in San Antonio, Texas; Orlando, Fla.; Lansing, Mich.; Portland, Maine; and Boston, Mass.; the MRU events have averaged more than 65 attendees over these first five stops. Four additional MRU events are already in the plans for 2013.

"Education and knowledge are two critical components to the success of any business and the MRU provides participants the ability to receive this information on a regional basis,” says Mark Yearn, Norman-Spencer Marine National Program Director. "The content of material presented at the MRU leaves attendees with valuable tools they need in order to make well educated business decisions as well as providing them with the opportunity to network with their peers. It has truly been a success thus far, and we look forward to working with MRAA and Dominion in expanding the program further in 2013.”

"The support of local Marine Trade Associations, dealers and industry partners like Norman-Spencer have been essential to the success of the MRU series,” says Courtney Chalmers, Director of Marketing for Dominion Marine Media. "It’s exciting to move into 2013 with such momentum as we continue with our plans to expand the series more broadly across the United States and to offer such a wide-breadth of resources for dealers and marine businesses who attend.”

About Marine Retail University

The Marine Retail University is a regional educational event series focused on providing its audiences with market-specific trends and information, as well as the expert advice and best practices for capitalizing on those trends. The event series is co-produced by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Dominion Marine Media, and the partners seek to work closely with local, state and regional trade associations to maximize opportunities for their members. To discuss bringing an MRU event to your region, contact Matt Gruhn at or 763-315-8043.

About Marine Retailers Association of the Americas

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. MRAA is the united voice of marine retailers. For more information, visit

About Dominion Marine Media

Dominion Marine Media is the recreational marine industry division of Dominion Enterprises - a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, marine, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, travel, and employment industries. Dominion Enterprises' businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, CRM, website design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 60 market-leading websites reaching more than 20.9 million unique visitors monthly. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the company has 3,300 employees in more than 186 offices nationwide.

About Norman-Spencer Agency, Inc.

Norman-Spencer provides Marine Industry leading insurance services to clients and insurance buyers nationwide. Endorsed as the providor of insurance services to MRAA Members since 1988, their products include dealer insurance, manufacturers insurance, marina insurance and consumer boat/yacht insurance. For more information, Follow Norman-Spencer Agency via Twitter.

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