Barletta Boat Company Invests in MRAA Programs

MINNEAPOLIS, MN.  October 8,  2018 — Bill and Kristin Fenech and Barletta Boat Company have continued their generous support of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and its mission to provide tools, resources and educational programming to elevate today’s dealers.


Having entered the marine industry just last year, Fenech and Barletta Boat Company promised to build its foundation on becoming a dealer-centric organization. At the time Barletta joined MRAA as a Platinum Partner member, MRAA’s highest level of membership, and Bill and Kristin personally donated $10,000 to aid MRAA’s efforts. This month, they renewed that support with another $10,000 donation.


“Our team here at MRAA is humbled by Bill, Kristin and Barletta Boat Company’s significant and ongoing support,” says Matt Gruhn, MRAA President. “Bill told us, out of the gate, that he would find success by building a dealer-friendly organization. He has backed that up with his support of our dealer-focused association, and by his words and actions in support of his growing dealer network.”


In 2018, MRAA invested Barletta’s donation into publishing its Guide To Dealership Improvement, a 19-page publication that provides dealers with step-by-step, expert instruction on how they can create real improvement inside their business. The document points dealers to several resources and provides implementable ideas from our industry’s leading experts.


With this year’s donation, MRAA is investing in creating a robust Great Dealerships to Work For program, to be unveiled at the MRAA Opening Night Awards Program at the upcoming Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. At this year’s program, MRAA will recognize dealers that lead the marine industry in employee satisfaction.


“It’s no secret that the dealerships are the lifeblood of this industry,” says Bill Fenech, President and Co-Owner of Barletta Boat Company. “As an organization, we feel that supporting the MRAA and its efforts to develop a strong and vibrant marine dealer network is a no-brainer. It’s a win-win for the industry – the MRAA and the tools they provide are helping to build stronger, more educated dealers that ultimately benefit the retail customer by taking better care of them.”



About the Marine Retailers Association
At the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, we believe that for the marine industry to thrive, the retail organizations that interact with the boaters in their community must thrive. With that in mind, MRAA works to create a strong and healthy boating industry by uniting those retailers, providing them with opportunities for improvement and growth, and representing them with a powerful voice. For more information, visit or contact us at 763-315-8043.
About Barletta Pontoon Boats
Barletta Pontoon Boats is a leading manufacturer of aluminum pontoon boats that are changing the industry. Offering the most standards of any manufacturer, a refined list of options and industry-best quality and customer experience, Barletta features a unique customer-focused/dealer-centric approach. Barletta is partnered with Mercury and Yamaha Outboards. To learn more about Barletta Pontoon Boats, visit or get engaged with us on social media.