ABBRA holding annual symposium this month

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The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s annual meeting and symposium are taking place January 22-23 at Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla..

The event draws marine industry professionals who work in boat building, refit, repair and service. It kicks off Tuesday evening with the annual meeting, awards and a cocktail party.

Wednesday will feature a series of workshops. Richard Downs-Honey will look at innovations in America’s Cup yachts and offshore powerboat racing hulls in a seminar called Bending the Rules = Progress. Tom Allen from Kittery Point Yacht Yard, ABBRA’s Boatyard of the year in 2017, will present Critical Thinking and Innovation for building and repairing boats.

Senior policy advisor for the National Skills Coalition will discuss an important issue in The Integrated Workforce of 2020. Perhaps the most curiously titled workshop, Good Alligator Wrestlers are Hard to Find, will be conducted by Steve Kitchin, vice president of corporate education and training at New England Institute of Technology. Attorney Ben Ford will cover the local, state and federal laws that challenge marine businesses.

Finally, Jessica Parker, Wendy Goodwin and Nadia Williams with moderator Ben Ford will present The Future Face of Boat Building and Repair.

For a full schedule of events for this year’s symposium, click here