Frank Hugelmeyer

The new president-elect of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) addressed members through a letter to members saying “it is a privilege to join NMMA.”

Soundings Trade Only reported that Frank Hugelmeyer, who officially joined the organization on July 15 after serving as president of the RV Industry Association (RVIA), brings a wealth of work experience in outdoor and sporting goods retail and manufacturing. He said running a great trade association is about creating indispensable value for members.

“I manage trade associations much like a public company,” he said noting that he also headed the Outdoor Industry Association. “Members are the shareholder/owners and it is the job of management to raise the total market cap of the industry, generate greater return for members, and leave the organization in better shape than inherited.”

Hugelmeyer added that his primary goal over the coming months is to integrate into the NMMA culture and work to maintain the momentum Thom Dammrich and the team have created.

“Leading up to Oct. 1 as I prepare to formally assume the helm, I look forward to speaking with as many members as possible to learn about the ‘burning issues’ impacting your operation,” he said. “If the association can continue to address the critical issues keeping you awake at night, your value in NMMA will only grow.”

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