MRAA Blog

Consider This: Raise Your Bar

Bill Gates said, “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” Couple that statement with one from former Intel Chairman Andy Grove, who said … “Only the paranoid survive. Paranoids believe someone or some force is out to get them,” and now you should have a better perspective on […]

Consider This: The Pace of Change is Accelerating

Some people embrace change. Some people just go with the flow and deal with it only when they have to. Then there are those few, die hard, stubborn, inflexible, obstinate people out there who are going to fight changing to the bitter end. In today’s accelerating pace of technological change, I am finding that if […]

Grow Boating one video at a time

Thanks to Tropical Storm Debby dumping tons of desperately needed rain on our dealership I had some time this afternoon to catch up on my to do list. As I write, Discover Boating’s Facebook campaign has reached another milestone — we’re over the 450K fan mark and closing in on our goal of a half […]

A Summit you should know about

I spent the better part of last week in San Diego at the International Boating & Water Safety Summit. I’m disappointed to tell you that, prior to joining the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, that I knew nothing about this event. But YOU should know about it. There are many outstanding groups in this […]

2012 is full of opportunity!

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is off to a great start in 2012! I’m thrilled to let you all know that not only is 2012 the association’s 40th anniversary, but we’re expecting this year to be one of our best years yet. Why? Well, we have numerous initiatives underway that will make membership […]

Econ 2012

Historically, I’ve been fairly poor at understanding economics. I barely skated by in Econ 101 in college, and my collegiate-level understanding of supply and demand was warped by the ever-increasing demand for the libations of my classmates and the never-ending supply flowing from the local taps. The real world has taught me a lot more […]

A successful generational blend

The keynote at this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo was by far the most talked about presentation the event has ever had. Not only was it entertaining through its incorporation of humor, but it also hit home because of the clear connection the topic had for the MDCE audience. The topic was simple: There’s […]

A new point of view

Back in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying , “Every man owes part of his time and money to the business or industry in which is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” As I’ve discovered, in […]

See you at MDCE!

In my work life, the only thing that rivals my passion for the marine industry is my passion for professional development. I’m a lifelong boater, and I’m also a lifelong learner. Unlike boating, it took me quite a while to love educational opportunities. I was an average student in high school, a below-average student in […]