EDGEWATER, Md., CHICAGO and BROOKLIN, Maine – The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), Professional BoatBuilder (PBB) magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will co-sponsor the first annual Marine Industry Professional Development Summit, to be held Feb. 3-4, 2005, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., according to a joint press release yesterday from the three organizations.
“The initial summit will serve as a catalyst and forum for addressing workforce education, training and professional development issues and will begin to explore ways to develop, deliver, support and manage current and future programs and initiatives,” the organization's said in the release.
ABYC, NMMA and PBB said they expect to continue the event on an annual basis, “the outcomes of which are expected to have a profound and positive influence on how the marine industry approaches education, training, and professional development well into the 21st century,” according to the release.
Representatives from North American boatbuilders, marine manufacturers, suppliers, surveyors, marine underwriters, repair facilities and dealers, as well as educators, occupational training experts and other recreational industry-training experts representing the RV, skiing and camping industries will gather for the event.
Summit attendees will participate in general sessions to explore effective professional development and continuing education approaches and will be introduced to, discuss and debate a centrally administered and managed continuing education credit concept for the marine industry, according to the release.
Breakout sessions and panel discussions will address the specific workforce education and professional development needs for an array of industry segments, such as boatbuilders, repair facilities and marinas, manufacturers, surveyors and dealers, organizers said.
ABYC, NMMA and PBB said they welcome additional sponsors, endorsements, and support from all sectors of the industry.
“This is truly an opportunity for us to collectively join forces to address and define solutions to a major challenge facing our industry today – tomorrow is too late,” said Jim Ellis, ABYC board chair and president of BoatUS.