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Young Leaders Advisory Council Seeks Applications

Thursday, October 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Be a voice in the Marine Industry by applying or nominating young leaders to join for 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.— The Marine Retailers Asosciation of the America’s is currently accepting applications and nominations for its Young Leaders Advisory Council through November 3, 2017.  
The mission of the MRAA is to support and grow the marine industry, and YLAC plays a crucial role in making this possible. YLAC is made up of a group of experienced marine professionals under the age of 40, who are driven by the association’s mission. The group plays a large role representing the needs and ideas from the next generation to the MRAA’s Board of Directors.
“This group is a valuable voice for our work here at MRAA and for the industry at large,” says Matt Gruhn, President of the MRAA. “We’ve always been a firm believer in taking a step back to listen to different ideas and perspectives on how we approach our industry and our businesses, and that’s never as critical as when it comes to the next generation, the very future of our industry.”
Four one-time YLAC members — Martin Boyer, Austin Boats & Motors (Texas), Carly Poole, Buckeye Marine (Ontario), Chad Taylor, Taylor’s South Shore Marina (Ohio) and Jake Jostand, Oak Hill Marina (Iowa) — currently serve on the MRAA Board of Directors; a fifth former YLAC member, Liz Walz, has since joined the MRAA staff as vice president and director of education; and three other former YLAC members have also sat on the MRAA board.
For the immediate future, the YLAC group expects to continue its focus on helping provide solutions to the dealer body’s workforce development challenges.
Applicants or nominees should be willing to meet face-to-face with the group twice a year and provide their ideas and insights, in addition to working jointly with other council and MRAA Board of Directors members on subcommittees. Candidates must be under 40 years of age, hold a position of significance in a dealership and have a minimum of five years of marine industry experience.
Click here to apply to YLAC, or click here to nominate a young professional for YLAC. Applications and nominations must be submitted by Nov. 3. For more information, contact Matt Gruhn at 763-315-8043; or YLAC chairman Jake Jostand at 712-332-2701.
About the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
At the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, we believe that for the marine industry to thrive, the retail organizations that interact with the boaters in their community must thrive. With that in mind, MRAA works to create a strong and healthy boating industry by uniting those retailers, providing them with opportunities for improvement and growth, and representing them with a powerful voice. For more information, visit or contact us at 763-315-8043.

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