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IMBC returns next week in New Orleans

The International Marina & Boatyard Conference will open on Wednesday and continue through Feb. 2 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

The conference this year will include keynote addresses on Feb. 1 by Dr. Janet Lapp, a licensed clinical psychologist and the author of five books, and on Feb. 2 by Maj. Dan "Noonan" Rooney, a fighter pilot with three combat tours in Iraq, a PGA golf professional and founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Lapp will speak on the topic “Lead the Way: Bold Leadership Through Transformation.” Rooney’s presentation is titled "A Patriot's Calling: Powerful Lessons of Leadership, Teamwork and Sacrifice.” Rooney has been the motivational speaker for two U.S Ryder Cup teams and is a Fox News contributor.

Lapp is the founder of ChangeFit Leadership Boot Camps/ChangeFit Labs and creator and host of the Emmy-nominated CBS series “Keep Well.”

There will be breakout sessions on Feb. 2 and 3 on operations, best practices, boatyard and service and marina design and engineering.

On Feb. 3 there will be a two-hour forum on hurricane planning and recovery that will focus on hurricane recovery efforts and risk management, with topics covering employee and electrical safety, insurance claims, design and engineering and federal disaster loans.

The session also will include lessons learned and a firsthand account of the recovery of a local marina that Hurricane Katrina devastated.

"Although our agenda was complete, we knew this was a topic that had to be addressed, given the historical storms we have experienced this year," AMI chairman Brad Gross said in a statement. "Our goal is to provide our industry with information from industry leaders to help them successfully and safely deal with their recovery efforts."

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