NMMA Announces Staff Changes Due to Covid-19

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) President Frank Hugelmeyer issued a memo to all members regarding steps the association is taking to protect the organization’s long-term health during the global COVID-19 crisis. Given the significant challenges and uncertainty created by COVID-19, NMMA is implementing several temporary changes to address the situation, including decreasing the number of staff, reducing compensation and moving most staff to a three-day work week.

Other areas that will change include the discontinuation of NMMA’s export development program to allow for a more streamlined focus on international advocacy and outreach; NMMA’s show team will oversee NMMA’s presence at international boat shows and events such as METSTRADE; and the development of a task force to provide essential daily news and information for members and stakeholders while helping to secure critical government funding and support the industry.

In addition, to comply with local government guidelines, the NMMA team has been working remotely since the second week of March. This transition was completed seamlessly with remote access and technology, ensuring the team’s ongoing collaboration and service.

“While unfortunate, these difficult decisions were made to ensure the association is weathered against this global crisis and comes out stronger and more effective on the other side,” said NMMA President Frank Hugelmeyer. “With these changes, I am confident that NMMA will continue to deliver for the industry on all fronts, including helping our members navigate the government response to this situation and serving our consumer base when so many are seeking an escape. And as life begins to return to normal and more Americans look to get outdoors, the recreational boating industry stands ready to answer the call and get boaters back out on the water.”