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MRAA Announces Commitment of Six New Education Champions

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, June 6, 2019 —Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announces the addition of six Education Champion partners in 2019.

Education Champions agree to support the educational programming that the MRAA delivers to its members by leveraging their industry expertise and resources. Additionally, they help fuel the execution and creation of the Association’s education products through a year-round sponsorship. Education Champion is the MRAA’s second-highest level of Partner Membership.

ARI Network

ARI Network Services produces an award-winning suite of tools and services, including industry-leading data feeds, lead management tools and digital marketing services to help dealers reach their target audiences.

“ARI Network Services is honored to partner with MRAA,” says Robert Jones, Vice-President of Sales. “ARI and MRAA share the common goal of educating dealers on best practices, the latest technologies and how to succeed in today’s digital era.”

Chris Craft

Chris Craft, a Florida-based manufacturer of recreational powerboats, has been contributing to the success of the marine industry since 1874.

“We are excited to participate in Dealer Week, and look forward to welcoming the best dealers in the world to our local area,” says Gavan Hunt, Vice President of Sales at Chris Craft Boats, “Consistent improvement is the key to success, and the best dealers, and manufacturers implement team training programs each year. We support and applaud the efforts of the MRAA.”

Dealer Profit Services

Dealer Profit Services is a full-service provider of F&I service, training, consulting and compliance support company focused on delivering dealers the consulting, training and services needed to increase their overall earnings.

“After working with so many dealers over the years, Dealer Profit Services firmly believes that there is an exponential relationship between dealer education and training and dealer profit,” says Myril Shaw, Chief Operating Officer at Dealer Profit Services. “The largest part of the DPS mission is to help train dealers to be their best and to strive to help dealers continually improve their results through our education, training, support and services. We have long believed in and supported the MRAA Educational efforts and are excited to help enhance and advance those activities through our participation as an Education Champion.”


DockMaster is a leading marina and marine management software company that provides the marine sector with the ability to streamline processes and drive greater efficiencies through the use of its software, the new DockMaster Mobile app for marine technicians and the services delivered by its team, with well over 100-years of combined marine industry and accounting expertise.

"We are thrilled to see the MRRA's growth in its educational programs and the tremendous support they provide dealers year-round," says Cam Collins, President of DockMaster. "DockMaster has been part of the MRAA family for over 15 years and we're excited to participate as a technology innovator in simplifying the boating experience."

National Marine Distributors Association

The National Marine Distributors Association is a national trade association that represents marine accessories wholesale distributors. NMDA has been a strong proponent of the MRAA since 2013.

“MRAA’s efforts, especially with the new Dealer Week, to educate their dealer members and help them grow their businesses represent a goal that NMDA is proud to support,” said Nancy Cueroni, Executive Director of NMDA.

Vantage Resource Group

Vantage Resource Group is a North Dakota-based 3M National Market Developer and distributor of marine protection film, pontoon wrap kits and protective coatings, in addition to providing marine dealer profit programs.

“We are excited to partner with the MRAA to support marine dealers through education, training and implementation of our proprietary Vantage Profit System,” says Ross Solwold, President of Vantage Resource Group, Inc. “Process-driven programs based on innnovative products, education and training at the dealership level are the cornerstone of our business model, which aligns well with the MRAA mission.”

Education Champions make it possible for the MRAA to work with many of the industry’s top subject matter experts and instructional engineers to create education that will make a lasting impact within marine dealerships, whether through Dealer Week, the all-new MRAA Conference and Expo;; or the numerous other publications the Association produces annually.

“We are excited to announce the 2019 MRAA Education Champions,” says Allison Gruhn, MRAA Director of Business Development. “We look forward to further utilizing the expertise of the association’s Education Champions in order to deliver timely and relevant information to the industry.”

About the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas At the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, we believe that for the marine industry to thrive, the retail organizations that interact with the boaters in their community must thrive. With that in mind, MRAA works to create a strong and healthy boating industry by uniting those retailers, providing them with opportunities for improvement and growth, and representing them with a powerful voice. For more information, visit or contact us at 763-315-8043.

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