MRAA Names Six New Young Leaders Advisory Council Members


The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) has named six members to its Young Leaders Advisory Council (YLAC).

YLAC's new members include:
Stephanie Haywood of Blue Springs Boat Co., Kingston, Tennessee
Jake Jostand of Oak Hill Marina, Arnold's Park, Iowa
Greg Knop of the Family Boating Centers, Tampa, Florida
Chad Taylor of Taylor's South Shore Marine, Wilmington, Ohio
Mike Alleva of Lighthouse Media Solutions, Boston, Massachusetts
Gordon Brittle of Starcraft Marine and the Smoker Craft Family of Products, New Paris, Indiana

The Young Leaders Advisory Council was created by the MRAA in 2009 to provide recommendations to the MRAA Board of Directors in regard to the development and enhancement of the association. The group consists of 14 marine industry professionals, all of whom have at least seven years of experience in the marine industry.

“Since its inception, YLAC has been a critical component in the success of the MRAA,' says Matt Gruhn, President of MRAA. “Our board of directors created this group to draw from the next-generation thinking they could provide, and the group has helped move the MRAA forward into an even stronger network of marine industry professionals.'

Among the original YLAC members who have vacated their seats is Carly Poole of Buckeye Marine, Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Poole has been selected to join the MRAA Board of Directors. Additionally, Liz Walz, vacated her seat back in August to join the MRAA staff.

Existing YLAC members continuing their terms include: Chairman Hebert of Texas Marine; Vice Chairman Josh Vallely of Vallely Sport & Marine; Chris Kewley of Nobles' Marine; Lauren Woodard-Splatt of Woodard Marine; Jeff Haradine of WakeSide Marine; Craig LeBlanc of Allen Harbor Marine Service; Eric Smith of Colorado Boat Center; and Martin Boyer of Austin Boats & Motors.