New format adopted for Sail America meeting

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – Sail America’s general members meeting on Oct. 5 in Annapolis, Md., will have a new meeting format with an in-depth interactive discussion about sailing’s current and future outlook, including viewpoints from industry leaders and an experienced economist, Sail America said in a press release Wednesday. Gary Jobson, ESPN sailing analyst, author, lecturer and editor-at-large for Sailing World and Cruising World, will moderate the meeting and discussion.

“Our goal is to encourage a far greater degree of involvement and participation by our audience by structuring the meeting as a discussion, rather than a series of formal presentations,” said Jonathan Banks, Sail America executive director. “We expect that Gary Jobson will stimulate a lively discussion with the panel of speakers, who will answer questions about topics, ranging from new membership services to the global economy.”

The speakers and topics that will be covered at the meeting include:

  • Membership services and benefits – Jonathan Banks, Sail America executive director
  • Boat show plans – Kevin Murphy, Sail America national show manager
  • Boating industry initiatives – Thom Dammrich, National Marine Manufacturers Association president
  • Sailing industry trends – Wayne Burdick, Beneteau USA president
  • International opportunities – Alistair Murray, Ronstan International managing director, and Bill Goggins, Harken commercial manager
  • Economic trends – Dr. Douglas Love, Investors Guaranty Fund, Ltd. executive vice president, CIO and treasurer
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