Julie Balzano, senior export development director for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, says she was at the right place at the right time to land the job she now holds.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the United States and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle.
The Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award was presented to Maverick Boats president Scott Deal, the first time the award has been bestowed at the American Boating Congress.
The issues were many when recreational boating and fishing stakeholders gathered in Washington, D.C., for the American Boating Congress May 15-17, but the one that stole the spotlight was the acute shortage of technicians in all industry segments.
Organizers of the American Boating Congress, which will be held May 15-17 in Washington, D.C., say this year will offer new opportunities to get boating’s message heard on Capitol Hill.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is touting the marine industry’s 2016 gains, emphasizing that it is one of the “few American-made industries.”
As the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s senior vice president of government relations, John McKnight has been a mediator between the boating industry and federal regulators for 22 years.
Ethanol, trade deals, workforce shortages, saltwater fishing access — there isn’t a boating issue you can toss at Nicole Vasilaros that she isn’t well versed on. Chances are, she’s already had multiple conversations about it with members of Congress as she lobbies on behalf of the industry on Capitol Hill.
Record-setting attendance, promising meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, better prepared stakeholders and a diverse group of speakers combined to make this year’s American Boating Congress a success, organizers say.
The presidential election has heightened the importance of the American Boating Congress, giving the marine industry the opportunity to get its message across to influential lawmakers at a crucial time.
Thom Dammrich says there’s a simple solution to the boating industry’s problems — forgive, or at least lower, the interest on student debt. The National Marine Manufacturers Association president says a crisis in homeownership is hurting the U.S. marine industry, but he maintains the situation could be eased if the burden of student debt weren’t…more