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ABBRA will address the biggest problem facing owners and operators

Wednesday, 04 January 2017

  Businesses that build, refit, repair, and service boats  ....the shortage of proficient technically skilled workers.

Newport, RI – January 4 - ABBRA, the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association, has designed it’s Annual Symposium to address the most important issue critical to the growth of boatbuilding, refit, repair, and service businesses. The day-long event will be held at the Ft Lauderdale Convention Center on January 25th from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm leading into the IMBC.

The Symposium will be preceded by ABBRA’s Annual meeting, Reception, Awards Ceremony, and CMSM Certification on January 24th from 6-9 at the Renaissance Hotel.


A proficient technically skilled workforce remains the biggest obstacle to businesses that build, repair, and service boats. Pamela Lendzion, Executive Director of ABBRA says, “admittedly we are not the only industry with a demand for skilled workers and jobs that need to be filled. In this competitive labor market, we cannot afford to be complacent and wait for skilled workers to walk through our door. We need to be proactive and work together as business owners and industry leaders to develop career awareness strategies to attract workers to our industry and training models to up-skill existing workers and to train entry level workers for a career in the recreational marine industry.


ABBRA’s Symposium on January 25th will help business owners design a plan and form partnerships that will help them build the skilled workforce needed for the sustainable growth of their business. It will consist of brainstorming and informational sessions on Leading a Multigenerational Workforce, Finding and Developing Your Future Workforce, On-the-Job Earn and Learn Training Models, How to build a Sector Partnership, and where to obtain funding assistance for technical skills training and up-skilling of your workforce. Richard Schuhmann, President of the Landing School, will deliver the keynote address. Speakers include Susan Swanton and Rich Difede, both pioneers in workforce development in the recreational marine industry, Michael Corbit from Career Source Palm Beach County, and Scott Ellsworth with Jobs for Americas Future. Christopher Niles will return with his insights on the Current State of the Economy and Richard Merlino will present a session on the Future of 3D Printing.

Please join ABBRA members and friends for their Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony, and Networking Reception followed by the day-long Symposium.  To register to attend the ABBRA Annual Meeting , Reception and Symposium, Click here.

Founded in 1943, the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) is a national marine trade organization that represents and is dedicated to promoting professionalism and supporting growth in the boat building, boat repair and service industry.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 January 2017 )