IMBC will host boat-club panel in Lauderdale

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A panel representing marina owners and operators was assembled to address the revenue-generating opportunities and key considerations associated with boat clubs during the International Marina & Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale later this month.

Five industry panelists are slated to share their experiences, including Sam Chavers of Suntex and director of marina operations at Marina Jack; Sam Lowrey, director of real estate at MarineMax; Jeremy Holcomb, vice president of marina operations at Legendary Marina; Travis Staat, real estate manager of Camachee Cove Marina; and John Giglio, president and CEO of Freedom Boat Club.

Marine marketing veteran Wanda Kenton Smith will moderate the session.

“Each panelist will share his organization’s boat club history, followed by a moderated session addressing the most common questions marina operators have about boat clubs,” Kenton Smith said in a statement. “We will conclude with an open-mic Q&A session from the audience.

“Our goal is to help educate marina operators about how boat clubs operate and what the most important considerations are, including dock logistics, along with sharing proven revenue streams that clubs can generate for a marina,” Kenton Smith said.

“We are very fortunate to have organized such a stellar panel of marina experts in this niche and believe their collective experience, insight and feedback will be especially valuable to marina owners contemplating the boat club model and its potential impact on their business.”

The IMBC will be held from Jan. 25-27 at the Broward County Convention Center.

The “Boosting Marina Revenues with Boat Clubs” session is slated for Friday, Jan. 27, from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

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One comment on “IMBC will host boat-club panel in Lauderdale

  1. Bryan Church

    This is great. We have been operating the Bartlett Lake Boat Club since 2002. It has been a great addition to our marina business. It has generated between $350,000 to $400,000 each year. Not only do we get monthly income but store sales and fuel sales have increased dramatically. We developed a management system called Boat Club Manager that several marina around the country have been using. I believe that if a marina offers boat rentals they should also include a boat club. I would be happy to share my experience with anyone out there. Bryan@bartlettlake.com

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