NMMA announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler will address American Boating Congress (ABC) attendees on Wednesday, May 15.
In addition, NMMA recently released the initial agenda for ABC 2019, which is available at the following link: http://www.nmma.org/advocacy/abc/events.
Secretary Ross and Administrator Wheeler lead agencies that have a significant impact on the recreational boating industry. The U.S. Commerce Department oversees everything from trade and tariffs to recreational fishing policy, while EPA is responsible for engine emissions and certification requirements to fuel policy.
Wilbur Ross was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as the 39th Secretary of Commerce on February 28, 2017. Secretary Ross is the principal voice of business in the Trump Administration.
In late February, the U.S. Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as the 15th Administrator of the EPA. President Donald J. Trump had announced his appointment as the Acting EPA Administrator on July 5, 2018. Wheeler had previously been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the EPA Deputy Administrator on April 12, 2018.
Wheeler began his career during the George H. W. Bush Administration as a Special Assistant in EPA's Pollution Prevention and Toxics office.
NMMA will announce additional speakers in the coming days.