Location, dates chosen for 2009 NMEA Convention & Expo

SEVERNA PARK, Md. — The National Marine Electronics Association Convention & Expo will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Sanibel Harbour Resort in Fort Myers, Fla., according to a release from organizers.

Like many upcoming events, one of this year’s themes will be guiding your marine business in challenging economic times.

“I recognize that the difficulty of the economy is unprecedented for our industry,” said David Hayden, NMEA’s president and executive director. “However, the convention this year will give all of us a platform to rejuvenate, share stories and figure out how we can work together to adapt to a changing market.”

Training and seminar offerings planned for the convention include sessions on the NMEA 2000 standard, QuickBooks, ENavigation, satellite communications, AIS installation and rules, thermal imaging, and Airmar transducers; and a GMDSS/FCC Task Force meeting; as well as a networks seminar and an antenna placement seminar.

In addition to technical training, participants will have the opportunity to see new 2010 product rollouts from manufacturers during the Expo that will be open all day Thursday, Oct. 1.

“The Expo really provides all dealers with important one-on-one discussion time with all their manufacturers,” Hayden said in the release. “The Expo is the only time during the year that dealers will find nearly all of their manufacturers under one roof.”
A new NMEA Technology Award will be introduced at the convention. The winner will be selected by an independent panel of experts organized by the Boating Writers of America. In addition, NMEA said it will continue to provide the traditional NMEA Product Awards based on voting of dealer members of the association.

Scheduled networking events include a welcome booster reception, breakfasts, lunches and the Industry Awards Banquet.

For complete details, and to register, go to NMEA.org.

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