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National marine groups elect new leaders

The Advisory Council of Marine Associations and the National Marine Trades Council both tapped new leaders during their annual meetings last weekend in Orlando.

Michigan Boating Industries Association executive director Nicki Polan was elected chairwoman of the Advisory Council of Marine Associations. The group is comprised of representatives from state and regional marine trade associations and meets annually to review federal and state legislative proposals. It then recommends actions to the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas board of directors.

This year, the advisory council will be sending a record six legislative recommendations to MRAA including: a call for repeal of the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standards; continued opposition to any proliferation of E15 in the marketplace; support for revisions to the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Management Act that provides for federally-controlled U.S. saltwater fish stocks; vigorously oppose current proposals that single out boats for elimination from the second-home mortgage interest deduction allowance; continue to oppose any actions for mandatory adult life jacket wear; and in concert with the Business Coalition for Fair Competition, support the reduction in the size of government through the privatization of government functions.

Connecticut Marine Trades Association president Grant Westerson was elected chairman of the National Marine Trades Council during the group’s two-day annual meeting that wrapped up Monday. For Westerson, this is the second time he’s been tapped by his fellow association executives to lead this organization of national, state and local marine trade associations. He succeeds Northwest Marine Trades Association president George Harris, who has served as chairman for the last three years.

This year, 28 representatives from 18 marine associations met in Orlando. Trade council members meet several times each year, in Washington during the American Boating Conference, by conference calls and just prior to the start of MRAA’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. The trade council meetings focus on two subjects: association management practices and industry-produced boat show performances.

I’ll have a full report on the trade council meetings here in Dealer Outlook on Thursday.

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