Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, the Fort Myers (Fla.) Spring Boat Show, National Cutwater Demo Days and the International Marina Institute.

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey will be holding a conference March 10 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood, N.J.

The MTA/NJ Conference & Expo is a one-day event that is held every other year and is organized specifically for marine business owners, operators, employees and anyone involved in recreational boating in the state.

Conference topics include a state-of-the-industry panel presentation with leaders from three national associations. The panel will include Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association; Jim Frye, president and chairman of the Association of Marina Industries, Westrec Marinas; and Karen Trostle, president of the National Marine Bankers Association, Sterling Acceptance Corp.

There also will be a technology-today segment covering social media marketing and e-mail marketing, as well as two legal presentations covering strategies for protecting your business and assets and opportunities for real estate development and alternative energy projects for marina and waterfront properties.

The association also has arranged for "help desks" to be open during the conference. Representatives of state agencies, including the transportation and environmental protection departments and industry programs, will be available to assist attendees and answer questions about permits, applications, grant funding and programs.

"The conference provides a great opportunity for New Jersey marine businesses to hear from a diverse array of speakers, all providing helpful tips and important information that can be taken back and immediately applied to their businesses' operations," MTA/NJ executive director Melissa Danko said in a statement.

For more information about the conference, e-mail Danko at or visit the website.

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The 22nd annual Fort Myers (Fla.) Spring Boat Show will be held March 10-13 at the Lee Civic Center.

The show, one of three produced annually by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association, features new and used boats from most of the area's major dealers.

More than 300 new and used boats will be on display, along with accessories, electronics, gear and clothing.

There will be a redesigned Fishing Seminar Series, sponsored by the Nautical Mile, and the U.S. Power Squadron and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer boating safety information.

"It is hard to believe that this is our 22nd annual show at the civic center," show manager John Good said in a statement. "Boat shows are so important to our industry. Both exhibitors and the public have come to rely heavily on the convenience that shows offer. The consumer can see, compare and buy without having to travel literally hundreds of miles to visit area dealers throughout southwest Florida."

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Cutwater Boats announced that its first National Cutwater Demo Days will be held March 11-13 in Fort Lauderdale and Everett, Wash.

The Demo Days event follows the debut of Cutwater Boats at the Seattle Boat Show and the Miami International Boat Show. The Cutwater 26 and Cutwater 28 will be on display during Demo Days, and prospective buyers are invited to see both models to compare features, layout and handling.

Demos will be held in Fort Lauderdale at Pier 66 C-Dock; in Everett, they'll be held at the Port of Everett Marina.

Demos are by appointment. For information, contact Mark Mansfield at or call (425) 327-0907.

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Marina expert Larry Halgren will host the International Marina Institute conference "Increasing Marina Profits in the New Economy: From Surviving to Thriving," which is scheduled for Oct. 23-25 in Fort Lauderdale.

Halgren will start the conference with a keynote presentation in which he'll encourage those who attend to think creatively about their businesses to develop new ideas that increase profits.

Halgren will facilitate all seminars during the conference, including a closing panel at which conference speakers and attendees will be invited to participate in an open discussion and a lively question-and-answer period.

With more than 35 years of experience in the marine industry, Halgren has notable expertise in marina and waterfront development, operations, infrastructures and marina components.

His portfolio incorporates market research for sites, marina plans and site selection, and marina financing and feasibility studies. Halgren worked for Bellingham Marine Industries, the Washington State Ferry System and Uniflite before starting a consulting business.

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