|"The knowledge and friendships I have gained over the years from discussions with other marina operators is invaluable. There would have been no other possible source for a lot of what I have learned from this experience. I have been acutely aware for years that marinas are far more affected by Government than most businesses. The representation we have in Sacramento through MRA has saved my business untold thousands of dollars over the years by blocking legislation that could have cost us a fortune, and we have benefited from the Marina Loan Program established through DBAW at the instigation of MRA. I think membership and participation in MRA is an absolute necessity for anyone in the marina business. It is worth far more than the dues."
Dave Smith of Water Resorts, Inc.
"For a Marina Operator/Manager, MRA offers invaluable information, from the latest proposed legislation updates to employment management practices and ecological concerns. The annual meeting showcases what is new in the industry with participation from affiliated trade organizations. I would highly recommend MRA as a must for networking with other marina operators, managers and affiliates."
Lynn Allen, Superintendent, Dana Point Marina Company
MRA Educational Conference
"As the former President of MRA (mid-1990’s), I can tell you that the MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show is one of the best focus gatherings in our industry. You will be able to tap into a variety of key people and subjects that will translate to your bottom line in your marina business. So I would encourage all marina owners, managers, dock masters, key marina staff and related trade businesses to attend and learn how to maybe do you job just a little bit better. Hope to see you there!"
H. P. "Sandy" Purdon, General Partner, Shelter Cove Marina
"Our group has been attending the MRA conferences for the last four years and has enjoyed the benefits of the seminars and interaction with fellow marina operators. I don’t know of a better way to keep up with all of the new regulations and issues that arise in our business on a regular basis. It’s great how everyone wants to share information as this helps us to look at areas that we may not have explored. We have also been able to work with the vendors that attend the conference on improving some of the products they make. Thanks for everything and we will see you in Santa Barbara."
Jim Hayes, Vice President, Operations, Almar Marinas
"I recently attended my first MRA Conference & Trade Show and just wanted you to know that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was money well spent and very informative. There were a wide variety of topics and the speakers seemed well informed in their prospective fields. Though I wasn’t interested in all the seminars, I recognized the importance of having a wide range because of the audience, ie, owners, managers, harbor masters, etc. The Tahoe location was great, the food and accommodations were excellent and the staff was very attentive."
Kirby Long, General Manager, Napa Valley Marina
"An excellent way to meet operators from many locations and a wide variety of facilities. I have always found the conference well organized and the locations great. Speakers provide a wealth of information. Well worth the investment of time and money."
Chris Senti, Vice President, California Parks Company
"MRA membership not only helps members lock into real-time solutions for today’s problems, it also helps develop the resources, contacts and tools-of-the-trade to manage potential challenges in the future of the industry." The Conference & Trade Show are not only informative and educational, but also a great way to network with others within the trade. Attendance by employees should be considered a training essential for those who may become the supervisors and managers of the future."
Jim Moulton, Operations Manager, California Yacht Marinas
"Although most of the membership of the Marine Recreation Association is private marina operators, I have found the MRA to be informative and a tremendous benefit for me in managing the Long Beach Marinas. Historically, public-sector marinas have been viewed as bureaucratic, operating with little sense of the business nature and market dynamics of the marina industry. In the ten years I have managed the marinas in Long Beach, I have attempted to bring a private-sector approach to the Long Beach Marinas, and my association with MRA, and the relationships I have formed by my association with the MRA, have proven to be invaluable in this endeavor."
Mark Sandoval, Manager, Long Beach Marine Bureau
"For a Marina Operator/Manager MRA offers invaluable information, from the latest proposed legislation updates to employment management practices and ecological concerns. The annual meeting showcases what is new in the industry with participation from affiliated trade organizations. I would highly recommend MRA as a must for networking with other marina operators, managers and affiliates."
Lynn Allen, Superintendent, Dana Point Marina Company
"I found the MRA’s conference to be of incredible value. There was much to learn on the legal front as well as the many pitfalls and opportunities for increased profits in the marina business. I would definitely recommend the conference for anyone looking to tweak their business model or simply bring their marina into the 21st century."
Matt Davies, Owner, Tiki Lagun
"As a past attendee of several MRA conferences, I have always enjoyed the opportunity to share in the experiences of colleagues and other professionals in the marina industry. The forums are engaging. The speakers are informative and often thought provoking. What better way to stay abreast of new information and regulations. With the MRA annual conferences we have been given a unique opportunity to associate with other members of our industry in a fun, friendly resort atmosphere."
Jamie Bolt, Bethel Harbor
"The exchange of information that I have received from attending the MRA’s Educational Conference and Trade Show has been an invaluable asset to our Marina. Every year I come away with at least one gem to incorporate it into our business. Consequently, we now have an improved employee handbook, slip holder’s agreement, and boat rental contract. Being an MRA member has helped us meet the challenges of our unique industry, it’s constant changing nature, and provide a better environment for our staff and customers."
Alan Sharp, General Manager, Big Bear Marina