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2015 Darlene Briggs Award Application and Nomination Process Kicks Off

Friday, August 7, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lindsey Johnson
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The MRAA Educational Foundation is seeking nominations and applications for the 2015 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award.

The late Darlene Briggs, of Wayzata, Minn., was admired for her tireless dedication to the marine industry. To honor her memory, the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award was founded in 1987. It is presented annually to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry at any level. It recognizes "long and devoted service, untiring commitment, and the advancement of women in the marine business.”

"The more women that we can get into the boating industry, the more appealing that we also can make boating for women,” said Margaret Podlich, the 2014 Darlene Briggs Award recipient and president of BoatUS, in an interview with Boating Industry magazine. "Diversifying [the industry] so it is just as appealing and available to women is really important …”

The 2015 recipient will be presented with the award at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, taking place Nov. 15-18 in Orlando, Fla. The event is co-produced by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry magazine. The recipient receives a trophy furnished by Boating Industry, which will publicize the presentation and feature the successful candidate in an issue following the event.

For more information, or to apply or nominate, please visit the Darlene Briggs Award page of the MRAA website: The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2015, and the deadline for applications is September 30.

Please contact Liz Walz with any questions at 315-692-4533 or You do not need to be nominated to apply.

About MRAA Educational Foundation
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 recognizes the need to provide for the growth of our dealerships and the professional development of their employees. MRAA and the MRAA Educational Foundation are dedicated to the growth of the recreational marine industry through workforce development. For more information, visit and select "MRAA Educational Foundation.”

About Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
At the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, we believe that for the marine industry to thrive, the companies that interact with the boater in their community must thrive. Those businesses determine the boater’s experience and are the leading factor in the industry’s success. The MRAA works to create a strong and healthy boating industry by uniting those businesses, providing them with opportunities for improvement and growth, and representing them with a powerful voice. For more information, visit


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