This roundup of coming events includes news from the Tampa Boat Show and the Marina Recreation Association's Educational Conference and Trade Show.
This year's Tampa Boat show is set for Sept. 10-12 at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.
In addition to the boats and marine products on display on land and in the water, the area's largest boat show also features such attractions as the Discover Boating Dock featuring free boat rides and boat handling courses, the new Tampa Fire & Rescue fire boat, live music at the Party Barge, and the Affordability Pavilion, displaying boats that can be financed for $250 a month or less.
The 45th annual Tampa Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
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The Marina Recreation Association's Educational Conference and Trade Show, set for Nov. 2-4 in Las Vegas, will open with a speech by William F. "Rick" Cronk, recently retired president of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, the MRA announced.
Cronk helped build Dreyer's from a San Francisco Bay-area operation making $6 million a year to one of the nation's best-selling ice cream brands, with more than $2 billion in sales.
"We're excited to have an experienced business leader of the caliber of Rick Cronk speak at our conference," MRA president Jim Hayes said in a statement. "Rick is an inspiring leader with a record of success in business and civic life. We applaud his life-long contributions to the Boy Scouts of America. He will share a wealth of experience that I know will be worthwhile to our conference attendees."
The MRA is hosting its 39th annual conference and trade show at the Rio Resort Hotel. The conference includes a variety of educational seminars and an exhibition hall devoted to the marine trades.
The event begins with a golf tournament and ends with an awards banquet.
The group is offering a discount for early registration by July 31.