Ellis named IMBC keynote speaker

TAMPA, Fla. – Jim Ellis, the former president of the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatU.S.), is scheduled as the keynote speaker for the 2007 International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) in Tampa, Fla., January 28–31, organizers reported in a statement today.

Ellis will kick off the conference, run jointly by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA), Monday, the 28th at 9:30 am.

Ellis plans to address the relationship between owners and marinas, as well as potential future issues for the marina industry. He will focus on how the marina industry can solve tomorrow’s challenges by working together as a community, according to organizers.

With over 20 years’ experience, Jim Ellis became president of BoatU.S. in 2003. He is the former president of the BoatU.S. Foundation, as well as former president for the National Boating Safety Council and past chair of the American Boat & Yacht Council. In 2004, Ellis was inducted into the Boating Safety Hall of Fame. He announced his retirement from BoatU.S. this past October.

More information, a complete agenda, and registration for the International Marina & Boatyard Conference are available by clicking on the International Marina & Boatyard Conference logo at the AMI web site: www.marinaassociation.org.

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