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Norman-Spencer Marine Insurance Services named title sponsor of MRU

Tuesday, January 31, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Gruhn
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BOCA GRANDE, Fla. – The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Dominion Marine Media announced today that Norman-Spencer has signed on as the title sponsor of the Marine Retail University dealer educational event series.

The MRU events, which are co-produced by the MRAA and Dominion Marine Media, are being scheduled regionally across the United States. The focus of these one-day educational programs is to educate dealers on the sales and performance data and trends from their market areas and to provide them with insights into how they can capitalize on that information to make their businesses more profitable.

"We are excited to have Norman-Spencer as the title sponsor for the Marine Retail University program. Their participation reinforces the value of dealer education, sharing up-to-date data, trends and insights on the business of marine retailing,” says Courtney Chalmers, director of marketing for Dominion Marine Media. "The program offers sponsors and exhibitors a fresh opportunity to connect with those dealers on a regional basis. Along with the MRAA, we’re thrilled to be able to extend such opportunities out to dealers across the United States.”

Norman-Spencer, a long-time supporter of the MRAA, has expanded its support of the dealer body through this partnership. And Mark Yearn, National Program Director for Norman-Spencer says that his company wanted to support the Marine Retail University event series because it will provide more dealers an opportunity to attend valuable training sessions in addition to helping them operate their businesses more efficiently and effectively.

"Dealer training, continuing education and networking amongst your peers are critical to the success of any business in today’s environment,” Yearn says. "We believe that to be true in our own business and feel that through this program, the industry will grow and develop to meet the demands of the consumer. We are excited to be involved in the Marine Retail University program and look forward to adding value to the attendees by assisting them in lowering their overhead and in cultivating new ideas that will provide additional revenue streams to their businesses.”

The dates of the MRU events for 2012 will be announced in the coming weeks.

"As we continue to build this very exciting event series, we’re excited to have the support from such a major player in the marine retailing insurance sector,” says Matt Gruhn, president of the MRAA. "We look forward to working closely with Norman-Spencer to increase opportunities for marine dealers across the country through the MRU program and the many other programs we offer.”

About 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

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 – Marine Insurance Services Division
For more than 25 years, Norman Spencer Marine has provided insurance protection to thousands of customers through specialty products for boat owners, boat dealers, marina operators, boat manufacturers, businesses and independent agents in the recreational marine industry. Endorsed by the MRAA since 1988, Norman Spencer Marine offers cost-effective solutions, superior customer service, and the best programs and policies available in the marine insurance industry. To learn more,

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