Beginning its three-day run on September 26, at the Bellevue Hilton on Seattle's east side and Lake Washington, the 2017 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo will focus on education and training, a new products expo, demonstration boats, product awards, as well as networking and social events. The NMEA Conference & Expo is the largest trade event in North America focused on marine electronics. All event information is posted on the NMEA Conference website www.expo.nmea.org.
General registration and new exhibitor sales will open on May 11 for the September event.
"After listening to member feedback and suggestions, we have increased the training offerings and brought back business-related training tracks. This year we will also bring back the CEO panel which features top industry CEOs who share their insights into consumer and industry trends," said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA president and executive director.
"We have also added member incentives and discounts to encourage dealer and trade members to attend. The 2017 NMEA Conference and Expo offers the best opportunity of the year for face-to-face contact between dealers and installers and marine electronics manufacturers," he said.
Full conference registrants can also take advantage of the all-day NMEA training at a 50 percent discounted price – the lowest price that NMEA offers.
NMEA offers the following courses during the conference:
- NMEA & ABYC Combined Training
- Basic NMEA Installer Training (MEI)
- Basic NMEA 2000 Installer Training
- Advanced NMEA Installer Training (AMEI)
- Advanced NMEA 2000 Installer Training
Attendees may see the latest products in action on demonstration boats that will operate all three days, including evenings when manufacturers show off underwater lights, night vision cameras, and radar operation. The marina is a 10-minute shuttle ride from the Bellevue Hilton.
Thursday evening will feature the NMEA Awards Banquet.
"To better serve the membership, the NMEA Board of Directors are very excited to have the conference back in the Pacific Northwest this year," said NMEA Chairman Mike Spyros. "We are anticipating seeing many members and non-members from the West Coast, Alaska, and from British Columbia, which is only a three-hour drive away. It is an event that no one in this industry can afford to miss."
A preliminary schedule of events is posted on www.expo.nmea.org and more information will be added in coming weeks. For more information, contact the NMEA main office at 410-975-9425.