National Marine Lenders Association

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More than 55% of those who attended this year’s NMLA Annual Lenders Conference (Traverse City, MI - September 2018) responded to our post-conference survey and gave the event a rave review. How can you beat great speakers, the sharing of valuable industry information, a beautiful resort, time with friends and associates, and perfect weather? I would like to extend my personal thanks to Peggy, Jackie, Robin, the conference committee, our FMLA intern, April Walker, and our photographer, Dave Trostle, for their hard work. And finally, many, MANY thanks to NMLA’s 2018 Diamond Sponsor, M&T Bank, and to all of this year’s Annual Sponsors for making our conference and all NMLA programs and events possible. For the enjoyment of NMLA members, conference pictures including the results of the golf tournament, have been posted to the MEMBER LOGIN section of this website. 

Looking ahead, next on the schedule is the NMLA 2018 Annual Meeting on December 3, 2018. Ballots for the election of board candidates will be sent to all Lender Members in November along with the bios of those seeking your vote (voting procedures, pics and bios can be found in the Sept/Oct 2018 newsletter, also located in the MEMBER LOGIN tab). The results of the election and NMLA’s 2019 slate of officers will be announced immediately after the meeting.

The 2019 Marine Lenders Workshop is already on our calendars (Savannah, GA on March 3-5, 2019) and we hope now, it is on your calendars as well! Updates on how the new tax law might affect cash flow will be included as well as presentations on lien perfection, insurance, underwriting small and large credits, collateral valuation and collections/repossession and remarketing.

And yes, 2019 is NMLA’s 40th Anniversary. The Ocean Reef Club located on North Key Largo in the Florida Keys has been chosen for this milestone Annual Conference. November 10-12, 2019 are the dates and we hope you, your colleagues, friends and families plan to join in the celebration. Additional information will be posted to this website soon.

Thank you for your continued support of the NMLA. We couldn’t do it without you! Have a wonderful fall boat show and selling season and we hope to see you at an upcoming NMLA event.

Dennis Poer, President



PRESIDENT - Dennis Poer, Bank OZK

VICE PRESIDENT - John Haymond, Medallion Bank

SECRETARY - Nikki Bates, Intercoastal Financial Group

TREASURER.- William Otto, Lake Effect Financial Services



Welcome to the National Marine Lenders Association

The National Marine Lenders Association (NMLA) was formed in 1979 by founding directors Bill Otto, Jackie Forese, and the late Don Mattocks. It was created, and continues today, to educate current and prospective lenders in marine financing procedures, promote the extension of credit to consumer and trade borrowers, maintain alliances with industry partners, measure and report on the vitality of the marine lending market, and actively maintain networking and communication benefits for its members.

The National Marine Lenders Association is made up of banks, loan origination companies (service companies), finance companies, credit unions and other industry professionals. For visitors to this website in search of financing options, please select the FOR BOAT BUYERS tab at the top of this screen. If you are involved in marine lending and interested in becoming a member of the NMLA, please select the JOIN THE NMLA tab for additional information and an application. 

Thank you for visiting this website. For additional information, please feel free to contact us at (410) 980-1401 or via email at



Flagstar Bank
J.J. Best Banc & Co
Luxury Law Group, PLLC
Marathon Xpress, LLC
Recreational Dealer Services, LLC
Reliable Documentation, Inc.


All of our sponsor companies - banks, financial services providers, dealers, title and USCG documentation companies, marine surveyors, marine insurance companies, recovery/liquidators, maritime attorneys, and technology service providers, are involved in the marine industry. So, whether you are a current NMLA member, an industry affiliate, a boat dealer/broker, or a boat buyer, NMLA sponsors are the businesses you should be working with. 

It is our pleasure to provide you with the contract information of our sponsor companies as well as a brief description of the services each one offersPlease visit our “SPONSOR LINKS” tab at the top of this webpage.