Trade Associations

National Marine Trades Council announces new leadership appointees

The National Marine Trades Council (NMTC) announced the recent appointment of Kitty McGowan as Chair and Lori Wheeler as Vice-Chair of the organization.  Kitty McGowan, President of the U.S. Superyacht Association and industry veteran of more than 30 years, views her role as chair of the NMTC as a great way to advocate for the marine trades at the local, state, ...

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IBEX Pre-Conference Sessions, Seminars, Tech Talks, and Online Workshops

The 30th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) will again feature its IBEX Education Conference, offering world-class technical information to attendees and ranging from in-depth pre-conference sessions and its renowned seminar series and tech talks, to new online workshops.  Pre-Conference Sessions offer in-depth subject matter and hands-on training in full- and half-day formats. Sessions include Electronics Installer Training, Marina 101, NMEA Basic Marine, Soundings Trade Only’s ...

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Marine Workforce: Florida’s First Chapter of FAME launches at Daytona State College

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Daytona State College has officially launched Florida’s first chapter of the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME), a collaborative effort between DSC and local manufacturers designed to match students in the AS Engineering Technology program with job opportunities in the community. A group of nine students who make up the first cohort were paired with sponsoring employers Tuesday during a ...

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USA Today: ‘Top Outdoor Activities for August’ includes Boating

USA Today travel feature “Top Trending Outdoor Activities for August,” boating and jet skiing were highlighted as top activities.

NMMA PR efforts to generate awareness for the recreational boating industry continue to make waves. In this week’s USA Today travel feature “Top Trending Outdoor Activities for August,” boating and jet skiing were highlighted as top activities for the month of August, citing recent data and the benefits of being on the water. Here’s an excerpt from the story: USA Today – ...

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Marine Trades Association of Maryland on-the-job trainee success

The Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM) congratulates Zachary Harrington on the completion of his six-week On-the-Job Training (OJT) with Petersen Marine Service in Baltimore, MD. Harrington grew up boating in the Sparrow’s Point and Middle River area and working on small engines. After graduation, he found the On-the-job Training opportunity with MTAM, applied online and started with Petersen Marine ...

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NMMA names new SVP of government relations

NMMA announced the hire of Tillie Fowler as its new senior vice president of government relations and regulatory affairs. Fowler will officially join the NMMA on August 30 and oversee the Association’s advocacy work at the federal, state, and international levels of government. “I am thrilled to welcome Tillie to the NMMA team. Her extensive policy and legislative experience across ...

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CNBC Special Report: Boating’s big boom

CNBS says boating boom will continue

"Even before the Covid-19 pandemic left many Americans stuck at home, boating was on the rise. The boom has been fueled in part by innovations that make boats easier to use, new models of drawing customers — such as boat clubs and subscriptions — and a push to attract a broader swath of the American population." That's from a recent ...

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IBEX Innovation Awards entry deadline nears

IBEX 2021 Innovation Awards

The deadline for entry to the 2021 IBEX Innovation Awards is this Friday, August 13. The awards program will take place during IBEX in Tampa, FL Sept. 28-30 and will honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market. Innovation Award entrants and honorees will receive the following:  All product entries will be presented along Innovation Way during IBEX.All products will be featured on ...

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Coast Guard to approve Level 100 Inherently Buoyant Lifejackets

The Coast Guard has issued a policy letter on obtaining Coast Guard approval on Level 100 lifejackets.  This policy builds upon previous efforts by the Coast Guard in cooperation with Transport Canada (TC) and members of the Personal Floatation Device (PFD) community to harmonize North American PFD standards. Policy Letter 02-21, Adoption of ANSI/CAN/UL 12402-4 states the U.S. Coast Guard ...

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Mobile marine service business shows success of MTAM on-the-job training program

The newest member of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM) is a familiar face. Lee Ralston of Peake Mobile Marine is a former on-the-job trainee through MTAM’s workforce development program. He completed his on-the-job training in 2019 and continued to work in the industry, gaining knowledge and honing his skills. In April of 2020, he and business partner John ...

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