The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association will be hosting a discussion by boating industry leaders looking at the future of the industry in the Ocean State prior to the opening of the Providence Boat Show.
Moderated by Mark Murphy, editor of Providence Business News, the event will take place at 2 p.m. Jan. 7 in the fifth floor rotunda of the Rhode Island Convention Center, prior to the 4 p.m. opening of the show.
Expected speakers include Ben Hall, vice president of Hall Spars; Chris Watson, director of marketing at KVH Industries; Rich O'Meara of Core Composites; Terry Nathan, president of IYRS and Michael Keyworth, manager of Brewer Cove Haven Marina.
For information about the "Boats Work for Rhode Island Roundtable," call Lisa DiRaimo, executive director of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association at (401) 615-5419 or go to www.boatsworkri.com.
Also at the show, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association is continuing its worker outreach effort under its "Boats Work for Rhode Island" brand.
Aspects of the program will be presented Jan. 7-10 at the RIMTA Pavilion on the main floor of the Providence Boat Show and will include how-to demonstrations by workers and students in the industry, information booths by education and career assistance organizations and a giveaway of a new inflatable boat in a raffle to benefit a scholarship fund.
The Governor's Workforce Board has recognized the marine industry as one targeted for growth and critical to the state's economy.
"During the Boat Show, RIMTA will have representatives of the industry available to explain how boating impacts the Rhode Island community and economy as well as detail the types of careers available to Rhode Island workers plus training opportunities for students and those already in the field," said Susan Daly, vice president of IYRS and chairman of RIMTA's Education & Training Committee, in a statement.
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Boat U.S. is sponsoring Boat Show University at the Seattle Boat Show, set for Jan. 29 to Feb. 6 at the Qwest Field Event Center and on the water on South Lake Union
Boat Show University offers a series of three-hour seminars by nautical experts designed to expand boating knowledge, safety and make cruising more enjoyable.
Seminar topics include "Alaska Cruising" presented by Linda Lewis; "Catching Trophy Halibut" by Terry Rudnick; "Do-It-Yourself Diesel Engine Maintenance and Troubleshooting" by Nigel Calder; and "Advanced Weather for Cruisers" by Lee Chesneau.
Attendees can elect to take one seminar for $39, or choose any four for $149, which includes a five-day show admission pass.
The Seattle Boat Show is the West Coast's largest boat show and features more than 1,000 recreational watercraft and the latest accessories.