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2023 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award

Michele Goldsmith

Soundings Trade Only

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 6, 2023 — Michele Goldsmith, Vice President and General Manager of the Soundings Trade Only group, has been named the 2023 Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year, announced the MRAA Educational Foundation. The award was presented to Goldsmith, the 37th recipient, as part of the Dealer Week Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Dealer Week in Tampa, Fla. [Continue Reading…]

2023 Kevin Lodder Scholarship Winner

Jennifer Haning

Oak Hill Marina
people on stage at awards ceremony

TAMPA, FL, December 6, 2023 — The MRAA Educational Foundation announced today that Jennifer Haning, Business Office Manager at Oak Hill Marina in Arnolds Park, Iowa, has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 Kevin Lodder Scholarship. The scholarship recipient was honored today at the MRAA Educational Foundation’s awards luncheon at Dealer Week [Continue Reading…]

2023 Duane Spader Leadership Scholarship Winner

Zachary Meyer

Mark’s Leisure Time Marine
People on stage presenting award

TAMPA, FL, December 6, 2023 — The MRAA Educational Foundation announced today that Zachary Meyer, General Manager of Mark’s Leisure Time Marine in Canandaigua, N.Y., has been selected as the recipient of the Foundation’s 2023 Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship. This year’s scholarship recipient was unveiled at the Foundation’s awards luncheon as part of Dealer… [Continue Reading…]

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Where Are They Now? Ashley Read

• Checking in with 2016 MRAA Educational Foundation Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship Recipient Ashley Read, Colorado Boat Center Co-Owner A lot has happened in Ashley Read’s (Smith) career since

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Where Are They Now? Chad Taylor

Catching up with 2018 Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship recipient, Chad Taylor, President and General Manager, Taylor’s South Shore Marina and MRAA Board Member

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