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 […]

Event Season

Somehow, I wound up with the “event gene.” I’ve always enjoyed attending and organizing events of all sizes, whether they’re simply social gatherings at my house or events as large as the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. When I cleaned out my desk at my last job, I emptied out 15 years’ worth of badges, […]

Blog No. 3…

There are days where I sit down to write this blog and wonder if there’s anyone out there … anyone who cares what’s on my mind today. And, truth be told, there are likely few of you right now who do. So why do I do it? For a few reasons. First, I believe an […]

Great benefits

One of the most visible benefits that MRAA members receive is the discount afforded them with their registration to the MRAA annual meeting, also known as the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. MRAA members save $50 on every employee they register for this event. For some dealers, such as Singleton Marine Group, that $50-per-registrant savings […]