The Association of Marine Technicians recently held its annual National Marine Service Expo Trade Show and Convention at the WyoTech-Daytona Campus in Ormond Beach, Fla.
The convention provides 32 hours of technical marine systems training, along with a trade show for companies that provide marine service-oriented products and services.
"We had a much better turnout than we had expected," said Joe De Marco, Amtech president, in a statement. "Even with the sluggish economy, marine technicians still turned out in good numbers to catch up on the latest in marine technology."
"Last year we were forced to cancel the trade show portion of NMSE due to a great deal of caution on the part of the exhibitors," he added. "This year we scaled down the trade show to a half-day so we could judge the interest. ... From the input we received from the exhibitors who attended, they were extremely happy with the turnout, and they indicated that they would like to return again next year."
The trade show will be back in 2011.
Also at the event, the Amtech board welcomed two new board members. Richard Schneider, of API Marine, fills a three-year post representing the marine aftermarket, and Steve Marable, of Island Outboards in St. Johns Island, S.C., fills an industry at-large post.