The Waterways Journal said it is gearing up for its second annual Docks Expo, which will be held Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at the St. Charles (Mo.) Convention Center.
Organizers said the marina trade show will allow attendees to engage with industry-specific exhibitors and enhance their professional development through education and networking with colleagues.
The Docks Expo is presented by Marina Dock Age and will again be held simultaneously with Docks and Marinas, a course presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Organizers said the Docks Expo sold out of exhibit space in 2015 — its first year — so the event is moving to the larger St. Charles Convention Center, utilizing 36,000 square feet of space and providing easier access for exhibitors and attendees.
“We are excited to welcome an estimated 90 exhibits to St. Charles this year, along with an estimated 500 attendees, exhibitors, speakers and special guests,” Waterways Journal president and Marina Dock Age publisher Nelson Spencer Jr. said in a statement.
“The Docks Expo was a success last year, but we’re just getting started. Our second annual show will be even better, with a larger and more open floor plan and expanded educational programs that are relevant, timely and impactful.”
Educational programming will include the two-day Docks and Marinas course, during which top professionals in the fields of marina design, engineering, construction and operation will give presentations on the building, maintaining and management of marina facilities.
The expo also will include free educational sessions, new-product presentations and panel discussions covering topics that include regulatory matters, facility engineering and design, customer service, and environmental safety and sustainability.
Organizers said space is being set aside for evening receptions and professional networking on the show floor, which will be open to all attendees and exhibitors and offer complimentary food and beverages.
Marina Dock Age will announce its Marina of the Year Award at the expo to the small (less than 250 slips) and large (more than 250 slips) marina that displays exemplary business practices that support customers, the environment and the industry.