Young Leaders Advisory Council

The MRAA Young Leaders Advisory Council (YLAC) exists to elevate the boating industry for both consumers and stakeholders through conscientious involvement with the MRAA as young marine professionals. With a fresh perspective, YLAC members are ambassadors who aspire to influence the business, shape future initiatives, and evolve into future industry leaders.


Susan Duquette

Lakeview Marine
Webster, MA

Wendy Ramsey

Pirate Cove Marine Inc. / RBK Distribution Inc.
General Manager
Kemptville, Ontario, Canada

James Cimino

Sierra Hills Mobile Marine
Auburn, CA

Justin Dysert

Taylor’s South Shore Marina
Lead Sales Consultant
Waynesville, OH

Christian Hansen

Idaho Water Sports
General Manager
Idaho Falls, ID

Briley Phillips

Phil Dill Boats
Sales Associate
Lewisville, TX

Zack Ryden

Ryden Marine & Minocqua Yamaha
Minocqua, WI

Jon Stovall

General Sales Manager- Ocean Blue Yacht Sales
Stuart, FL

J Hurless

Reeder-Trausch Marine
Rockville, IN

Ashlynn LaLonde Olson

Hutchinson’s Boat Works, Inc.
Vice President
Alexandria Bay, NY

Heather Mess

MarineMax, Inc.
National Marine Manager
Clearwater, FL

Will Monson

Moose Landing/Marina Holdings
General Sales Manager
Naples, ME

Braden Panasiuk

Gibbons Motor Toys
General Manager
Salmon Arm, BC, Canada

Kenda Kennard

Industry Representative
Huntington Distribution Finance
Business Development Representative
Shaumburg, IL

Krista Sparkes

Industry Representative
SmokerCraft Inc.
Director – NorthEast US, Mid Atlantic US, SouthEast US, MidSouth US, Midwest East US & Canada
New Paris, IN

SheMoves panelist Sarah Korbel of the MRAA.

Sarah Korbel

Events & Operations Manager
Minneapolis, MN

YLAC Mission

The mission of the YLAC is to supplement and support the mission of the Board of Directors of the MRAA. YLAC provides guidance as to the current state of the marine retailers’ day-to-day operations, both in challenges and opportunities. YLAC strives to set the example in identifying, inspiring, recruiting and onboarding key younger generation members to participate in the association, facilitating the future growth and success of MRAA.

View YLAC Eligibility & Council Expectations

YLAC Downloadable Resources

Download “Why Join MRAA” Flyer

Incentives and Discounts Flyer
A resource for Dealers to share with nonmembers to show the value of MRAA Membership from a financial/benefits perspective.

Why Work In Boating Flyer
A resource for Dealers to bring to Career Fairs, Boat Shows, etc to recruit people to our industry.