Boats Group Honored as 2012 “Supplier of the Year” by MRAA

by | Nov 19, 2012 | Boats Group, News

Norfolk, VA – (November 19, 2012) –Boats Group (Boats Group), the division of Dominion Enterprises that operates YachtWorld, Boat Trader and, announced today that the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) has named it 2012 “Supplier of the Year”.

“It is a real honor to be selected as Supplier of the Year by the MRAA and to be among such prestigious companies that have earned this distinction,” said Courtney Chalmers, director of marketing for Boats Group. “We value our partnership with the dealer and broker communities and will continue to provide education and information resources to advance their success.”


Boats Group received the recognition from the MRAA for being the manufacturer or supplier that did the most to support the dealer body in 2012.  Boats Group has focused its efforts on providing relevant and essential industry information for dealer and broker education.  These initiatives include the Marine Retail Universities, Boat Trader Market Index reports, Yacht Brokerage Universities, and YachtWorld Market Index reports.  In addition, Boats Group launched a number of well-attended webinars, social media seminars and training programs throughout the year.

“We’ve been extremely impressed with the steps Boats Group has taken to support the dealer body,” said Matt Gruhn, president, MRAA. “From its financial support of events like the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo and Boating Industry magazine’s Top 100 Dealers Program to its co-production of the Marine Retail University, Boats Group has proven it is a very dealer-centric organization that continues to make outstanding contributions to the industry.  It is always willing to share data points that make dealers smarter.”

The 2012 MRAA “Supplier of the Year” award was presented to Boats Group at the Marine Dealer Conference and Expo held November 11-14 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL.  


About Boats Group


Boats Group (Boats Group) is the Internet partner of choice for the recreational marine industry and operates the three market leading web portals –, yachtworld.comand Boats Group is a division of Dominion Enterprises, a leading marketing services and publishing company, that provides businesses with a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, CRM, website design and hosting and data management services.  Boats Group has offices in North America (Norfolk, Virginia; Seattle, Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia) as well as in Europe (United Kingdom and Italy).  The company employs 150 people, has customers in 106 countries and advertises boats for sale in 193 countries.  In 2011, over 59 million unique visitors spent time researching products on Boats Group web and mobile sites, apps and social media outlets.  Boats Group’s global reach includes 23 localized web portals which are translated into 13 languages.




Courtney Chalmers

Boats Group

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