WARREN, R.I. — Andrew Farkas, founder and chair of Island Global Yachting (IGY), will deliver the keynote address at the 2010 International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 27–29, IMBC organizers reported in a recent statement.
The session, titled “The Changing Face of the Marina Industry,” is scheduled for Jan. 28 at 8:30am. In his keynote, Farkas will discuss how the marina industry is changing due to the economic downturn, technological developments, and changing needs of boat owners. He will also discuss the future of the industry and his thoughts on how to take marinas into the future.
Other IMBC seminar topics include green construction, grant funding, customer and employee retention, hurricane preparation, and Web 2.0 — the next generation of Web interaction that facilitates communication, information sharing, and such online collaboration as Web-based communities and social-networking sites, according to IMBC organizers.
As founder and chair of IGY, Farkas developed the vision, raised the capital, and implemented the initial business plan for IGY, and is involved in virtually all of its capital-raising, acquisition, and operating activities, show organizers reported. Farkas also has experience in business and has been involved in real estate and investing for nearly 20 years.
IMBC is owned and operated by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), a nonprofit membership organization providing management training, education, and information about research, legislation, and environmental issues affecting the marina industry.