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USA. International Marina & Boatyard Conference agenda to include field trip on Lady Tampa Bay

Thursday, 16 November 2006

The International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) has posted on its Web site a short, downloadable agenda for participant review. The show’s producers -- the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) and the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) -- have chosen to upload its conference schedule with full seminar content, a speaker list, and confirmed exhibitors so potential attendees can see what’s in store for them at the show that runs January 28–31, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.

The IMBC schedule includes seminar topics that will interest marina owners and managers, boatyard owners and managers, boat repairers, Certified Marina Managers (CMMs), potential CMMs, and anyone interested in pursuing a career in the marina and boat-repair industry. Panel seminars, facilitated roundtable discussions, and dynamic solo speakers will cover such topics as the mysteries of contract legality, work force development and motivation, and suggestions for boatyard and marina refits. To round out these topics, the IMBC exhibit hall at the Tampa Convention Center boasts nearly 100 exhibitors from major corporations, as well as smaller vendors, involved in the marina industry today.

“With almost 600 attendees and a dozen seminars and roundtables to participate in—including a panel from the recently sold-out Dry Stack conference—the IMBC is a must show for those who wish to network with marina-industry movers and shakers,” says Gregg Kenney, AMI chairman. “We have left plenty of room in the schedule for attendees to visit with exhibitors and chat with other participants by either walking the exhibit floor, attending one of our complementary socials, or taking a field trip on the Lady Tampa Bay on Wednesday the 31st.”

Boatyards and repairers will benefit from the show, as well, says ABBRA’s executive director Mark Amaral. “We work hard to represent our members and provide consistently pertinent information for service departments and repairers. Anyone who wants to learn about the most up-to-date equipment, techniques, and practices from top professionals in the field should register as soon as possible,” Amaral concludes.

The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) is a non-profit membership organization providing management training, education, and information about research, legislation, and environmental issues affecting the marina industry.

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA), founded in 1943, strengthens and encourages professionalism in the boat building and marine service industry by providing its members with timely information, training, education and business services.       

For more information, a complete agenda, and to register for the International Marina & Boatyard Conference, click on the International Marina & Boatyard Conference logo at the AMI web site:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 November 2006 )