National Marine Manufacturers Association president helps kick off scholarship fund

(GURNEE, Ill.) — A friendly competition during the National Marine Representatives Association's (NMRA) yearly Rep Night at IBEX benefited students in the marine trades. Past NMRA President Rick Silverlake and National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) President Thom Dammrich challenged each other with $100 contributions to the NMRA scholarship fund. NMRA has given up to $4,500 in years past to outstanding students pursuing industry careers.

Silverlake has since secured $300 more in pledges for the 2016 scholarship fund, which now stands at $1,500. He plans additional lighthearted challenges at NMRA Rep Night 2016, with the goal of generating another $1,500 in contributions. The NMRA is also organizing a corporate sponsorship program for further scholarship funding.

"It's exciting to experience the vibrancy and enthusiasm that new people bring to the boat business," said Silverlake. "As an industry, there is so much we can do to help those pursuing careers in the marine trades."

"The NMRA scholarship is a good example of investing in the future of our industry," said Dammrich. "Concerted efforts among our professional associations to attract bright young men and women into the marine trades have really started to produce positive results."

NMRA serves marine industry independent sales reps and the manufacturers who sell through reps. The national organization functions as an industry voice, networking tool and information source, promoting the benefits of utilizing independent sales reps.

Contact National Marine Representatives Association, P.O. Box 360, Gurnee, IL 60031; (847) 662-3167; fax (847) 336-7126;;

By Professional Mariner Staff