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ABBRA sets conference for January

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association's Boatyard Business Conference will be held Jan. 16-18 in Fort Lauderdale.

ABBRA previously was a co-producer of the International Marina & Boatyard Conference, but the association determined that the boatbuilding and repair industry has specific needs in the current economic climate and that a conference wholly focused on the business of building and repairing boats was necessary.

Organizer said ABBRA's Boatyard Business Conference will provide relevant information and a format that caters strictly to boatbuilders, boatyard owners, operators, managers and boat service and repair business professionals.

The theme of the conference, “Sustainability & Growth of the Traditional Boatyard in a New Global Marketplace,” will focus on the operational, legislative, work force and technical business issues critical in the day-to-day management of boatyards and marine service facilities today while considering a vision for the future.

“We have made some bold and significant changes to ABBRA's annual conference because our members have indicated the need for an event that offers comprehensive discussions that can ultimately help chart their path forward,” ABBRA president Pam Lendzion said in a statement.

“We’re inviting the industry's leaders to join us and participate in interactive discussions that tackle the challenges of sustainability and growth such as globalization, technological advances, and the development of a technically trained work force capable of fueling future growth in the boat building and boat repair industry.”

The two-day conference will be held at the B Ocean Hotel on the beach in Fort Lauderdale. It will open at 4 p.m. Jan. 16 with registration and an opening reception in the evening. Sessions will start at 8 a.m. Jan. 17, followed by a keynote luncheon and the 70th Anniversary Platinum Jubilee Celebration and Awards Dinner later that night. The conference will close Jan. 18 after morning sessions and a final keynote luncheon.

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