With respect for the past and a look toward the future, I now take the position of publisher of Soundings Trade Only. I am grateful to Gary, Andy, Dean and Bill for the opportunity. For more than 30 years, Soundings Trade Only has built a reputation of strong journalism, respect, and transparency, becoming the leading business information resource for the marine industry. I join this stellar team whose mission is to inform, reflect and inspire.
As for the future, we will utilize the print, digital, video and multi-media capabilities of Soundings Trade Only and AIM Media to share the stories of your brands and products, and of our industry’s challenges and triumphs. This month I offer you my first top five list, the top five reasons to attend the upcoming ABC conference in Washington, D.C. , May 9th-11th. See you there!
1. GET INFORMED
ABC is the best place to learn about changes in government poli- cies that may impact the marine industry. From new EPA regula- tions to tariffs, tax bills and more, a variety of industry and govern- ment officials take to the stage at ABC providing key information about how upcoming changes may impact your marine business.
ABC is a great time to network with marine business leaders and government officials shaping the future of our industry. From the PAC and Wednesday evening receptions to the luncheons, work- shops and other events, there are multiple opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow marine industry professionals from across the country.
3. YOUR VOICE MATTERS
NMMA’s staff organizes visits to the Capitol Hill offices of state senators and congressmen. Marine businesses have the op- portunity to join with other companies in their state to voice the concerns, needs and desires of the marine industry to their government officials. Each of the key issues is outlined, discussed in print, and workshops are available to you prior to your visit.
Chris Wallace, esteemed veteran journalist and host of FOX News Sunday, is this year’s keynote speaker. With the fast-moving, daily changes happening in Washington, D.C., it is a chance to hear Wallace’s opinion on the impact to the nation and future of the administration.
By participating in ABC, heading to Capitol Hill to meet with your government leaders, attending the events, learning all that is impacting the marine business, and donating to the marine industry PAC, you are showing your support for the industry we hold dear and desire to see flourish for years to come.
This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue.