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MRAA’s Gruhn named to AMTECH Board of Directors

Saturday, April 7, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Gruhn
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BOCA GRANDE, Fla. – The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced today that Matt Gruhn has been named to the board of directors of the Association of Marine Technicians.

Gruhn, president of MRAA, brings more than 15 years of industry experience to the AMTECH board, the majority of which was spent at the helm of Boating Industry magazine and its numerous ancillary products. He developed an intimate understanding of how marine service departments and their employees succeed through his leadership of the Top 100 Dealers Program. And he was selected as the president of MRAA in October of 2011.

"The members of the MRAA have great interest in the success of the marine industry’s technicians,” Gruhn says. "The relationship between the success of individual technicians and the individual dealerships is very closely connected, and we at the MRAA are honored to play a part in guiding the direction and opportunities that AMTECH provides both of these constituents.”

Joe De Marco, president of AMTECH added, "We are very honored to have Matt serve on our board, and I look forward to working with him in the coming years. There are numerous synergies between MRAA and AMTECH, and Matt and I both believe that AMTECH’s technical training provides the necessary core skills that technicians need in order to meet today’s advancing technology and also serves as a perfect prerequisite to manufacturer product-specific training. We expect that a stronger working relationship between AMTECH and MRAA will assist the industry’s efforts to increase participation in boating.”

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


The Association of Marine Technicians is a 501(c) (6) non-profit association that was founded in 1999. The association is dedicated to marine service excellence and has become the industry’s leader in marine systems training for incumbent workers, and provides online technical assistance and support through website. In 2008 AMTECH became the exclusive Professional Installer Network for AMTECH’s goal is to represent marine technician interests throughout the boating industry and it works to improve the career opportunities for all marine technicians. For more information on AMTECH and

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