Trade Associations

ABYC, USCG debut risk mitigation series

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The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) announced last month they are launching a new series of one-day events dedicated to mitigating the risk in designing and building recreational boats. The first event, USCG Risk Mitigation: Series 1—Regulations and Electrification, will be held virtually Tuesday, November 9 and will focus on the transition to electric ...

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Sea Tow Foundation launches new life jacket loaner stations

The Sea Tow Foundation – a national nonprofit dedicated to the education and awareness of safe boating practices – announced today that it will be working with 154 organizations and agencies to establish new Life Jacket LoanerStations and restock existing stations for the 2021 summer boating season, as part of the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to keep boaters safe. With more ...

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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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