Associations We Support

 

 

 

ABC American Boating Congress

About:

When constituents talk, Congress listens.

The boating community is the industry’s most effective advocate. No lobbyist is as influential as an employer or employee from a Congress member’s district or state. Attending ABC and participating in Capitol Hill visits with others from your state is the best way to educate representatives on issues that impact your business. It’s your opportunity to build and strengthen relationships that lead to a brighter future for the recreational boating industry. NMMA will arrange your meetings and provide talking points and other resources to guide you through the ABC experience.

NMDA Role:

NMDA is a co-host for the annual Capitol Hill Visits and conference. This event allows you one-on-one conversations with your representatives regarding issues important for your business and the boating industry. The staff at ABC provides talking points.

 

 

 

ABYC – American Boat & Yacht Council

About:

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) is a non-profit, member organization that develops voluntary global safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of recreational boats. ABYC is driven by a voluntary group of technical experts including boat builders, technicians, engineers, boat and accessory manufacturers, surveyors and investigators, retailers and dealers, yacht brokers and designers, marinas, law firms, government agencies, boat owners, insurance companies and more.

NMDA Role:

ABYC promotes safe boating practices as an independent representative of the industry. Our distributor members host ABYC technical training events and NMDA Members help ABYC spread their message to dealers and technicians.  We have also featured speakers from ABYC at our annual meeting during S.T.E.P. Purchasing.

 

 

AEA – Association Education Alliance

About:

Formed in 1991 by five wholesale-distributor trade associations; PTDA, AHTD, EASA, FPDA and NAHAD. AEA represents approximately 40 trade associations and works to develop programs that deliver value to its members.

The vision is to identify, evaluate and develop educational products and programs for use by member associations as well as to facilitate networking and idea sharing among AEA members.

NMDA Role:

We are member of this association and many NMDA members that have attended the University of Innovative Distribution (UID) and Four Pillars of the Sales Profession training camp.

 

 

 

 

MDCE – Marine Dealer Conference and Expo

About:

The annual Marine Dealer Conference & Expo delivers the most comprehensive educational programming found in the marine industry. It’s proven ability to deliver real-world opportunities and solutions attracts a record number of dealers. Dealerships of all types turn to MDCE every year to gain insights into the latest trends, strategies and best practices and to help them prepare to maximize their success in the year ahead.

NMDA Role:

NMDA is an educational sponsor of MDCE and is committed to the ongoing education of dealers. We know that dealers are an important link in the recreational boating industry and the more dealers know the stronger they can become.

 

 

 

MRAA – Marine Retailers Association

About:

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas believes that for the marine industry to thrive, the companies that interact with the boater in their community must thrive. Those businesses determine the boater’s experience and are the leading factor in the industry’s success. The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas works to create a strong and healthy boating industry by uniting those businesses, providing them with opportunities for improvement and growth, and representing them with a powerful voice.

NMDA Role:

NMDA has been a Platinum Member of the MRAA since 2013 as we realize retailers are a vital link in the supply chain. Working with our distributors provides many benefits to retailers. We also feature the Marine Industry Career Network (MICN) on our website.

 

 

 

NAW – National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

About:

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) is composed of wholesaler-distributors and a federation of international, national, regional, state and local associations and their member firms, which total more than 30,000 employers that have locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NAW’s constituency is at the core of our economy—a vital link in the supply chain between manufacturers, retailers, and commercial, institutional and governmental end users. Distribution firms vary widely in size, employ more than 5.9 million American workers and account for nearly $5.7 trillion in annual U.S. economic activity, which is 6.0% of the overall economy. Wholesaler-distributors are either publicly held or closely held, family-owned companies that have served their local communities and regions for decades and, in some cases, for more than a century.

NMDA Role:

NMDA is a member of NAW and our executive director has had positions on the board. NMDA regularly posts NAW information to our website, sends emails when key issues will impact our members, encouraging engagement with the Senate and House of Representatives.

 

 

 

 

NMMA – National Marine Manufacturers Association

About:

NMMA is the nation’s leading trade association representing boat, marine engine and accessory manufacturers. Collectively, NMMA members manufacture an estimated 80 percent of marine products used in North America.

NMMA is a unifying force and powerful voice for the recreational boating industry, working to strengthen and grow boating and protect the interests of its member companies. The NMMA Government Relations department is the hub for advocacy work on behalf of the recreational boating industry. Through its Government Relations staff, NMMA works to educate Congress members about government issues that affect the marine industry and to educate NMMA’s members about government decisions that impact their businesses.

NMDA Role:

NMDA is a member of NMMA and actively works to support their efforts by engaging our members through our eNewsletter and other calls to action for vital legislative issues.

 

 

 

 

SBLC – Small Business Legislative Council

About:

The Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) is an independent, permanent coalition of trade and professional associations who share a common concern for the future of small business. The purpose of SBLC is twofold: to consolidate the strength and maximize the influence of business on legislative and Federal policy issues of importance to the entire small business community; and secondly, to disseminate information on the impact of public policy on small business.

NMDA Role:

We are members of the organization and we regularly post information to our website from SBLC and send emails when it’s of high importance to members.