Earlier this month, 25 marine industry professionals from throughout New England and as far away as Florida and the island of Grenada gathered for a three-day Marine Service Management course offered by the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association.
The course is designed to meet the needs of boatyards and marine service centers by providing management training for people working in or working toward leadership roles. Participants gain exposure from a select group of experienced instructors to new ways of dealing with the issues and challenges that are common throughout the industry.
“This course is a cornerstone of the many training seminars and certifications that we offer to members of the industry and it has proved to be the perfect collaboration of industry, education and national and state trade associations,” ABBRA board president Pam Lendzion said in a statement.
The Landing School in Arundel, Maine, was the venue for the course. The Maine Marine Trades Association coordinated the marketing effort regionally and provided facilitation services. ABBRA maintained its responsibility for course content and instructors.
“We have had a wonderful group of professionals whose experience spans all aspects of the marine service industry. Bringing this diverse group of individuals to Maine has been just wonderful. They braved a blizzard, but were warmly welcomed by their colleagues from Maine, as well as the many local businesses who helped with everything from catering to provisioning to accommodations. We are delighted to be part of such an important collaborative effort,” Maine Marine Trades Association executive director Susan Swanton said in a statement.