Ray Underwood Earns Achievement Award


The Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) presented long-time marine industry veteran, Ray Underwood, with the very first Ray L. Underwood Lifetime Achievement award, named after the recipient.

Underwood began his career with the MBIA as executive director from 1976–1989, and served as director of government relations from 1989–1991. Since 1993, Underwood has been a lobbyist at Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Assoc., and has been instrumental in the development of statewide lobbying efforts for the MBIA.

“Ray Underwood has been an advocate for the marine industry in Michigan for decades,” says current MBIA executive director Nicki Polan, who began her career at MBIA during Underwood’s term as executive director. “He has made great strides for our industry in his work as our association’s executive director and as our lobbyist. This award is well deserved.”

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