Seminar on economic conditions added to IMBC agenda

WARREN, R.I. – Producers of the International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC), scheduled to take place Jan. 25-28 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., have added to the event’s agenda a presentation by an economist who will discuss the economy and provide an assessment of the current U.S. and global economic conditions, they reported in a recent statement.

The seminar will be presented by J. Antonio Villamil, D.Sc(hc), Dean and Research Professor of Economics at St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. Dean Villamil has also served as Presidential appointee U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs and Chief Economist of the United States Department of Commerce, according to IMBC producers. His presentation will provide an outlook for 2009 and 2010 and concentrate on economic indicators that are important to the health of the marina industry, such as household income and net worth, the credit markets, and the value of the U.S. dollar in the foreign exchange markets. The seminar – “It’s the Economy!” – will be presented on Jan. 27 from 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

Other IMBC seminar topics include service department best practices, strategies for the energy crisis, what the EPA is on the lookout for, dockside electrical hazards, the future of the industry and a review of the marina market.

For a full listing of IMBC’s seminars or to register for the conference, visit IMBC, which is catered specifically to marina owners, managers, and staff, as well as boat repairers and boat yard professionals, is co-produced by the Association of Marina Industries and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association.

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