Conferences seek presentation proposals

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Organizers of the International Marina & Boatyard Conference and the Marine Dealer Conference and Expo issued calls for presentations.

IMBC, produced by the Association of Marina Industries, is scheduled for Feb. 1-3, 2012, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

"We are reaching out to the industry for current topical presentations by experienced and objective individuals," said Jim Frye, AMI chairman and president, in a statement. "We spend a great deal of time on the content for the conference, and we want to be sure it speaks to our audience. In order to do that, we need to hear from marina owners and operators, as well as boat repair and service yards."

Coordinators are looking for presentations that are pertinent to IMBC's audience, which includes internationally acclaimed marina industry professionals, certified marina managers, potential certified marina managers, marina and boatyard owners and operators and boat repairers.

Presentations can be designed for all levels of experience - from fundamental and intermediate to advanced topics. IMBC organizers ask that the information be timely, informative and educational without overt company or product promotions.

Deadline for submissions is April 15.

The marine dealer conference is set for Nov. 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

The MDCE conference committee is seeking proposals from those who would like to present at the 2011 MDCE. The deadline for proposals is March 11. The event will focus on providing dealers with information about trends and strategies for adapting to the new market.

Presentations should focus on the marine dealer as the primary audience member. Please submit presentation proposals via e-mail to Matt Gruhn or call him with any questions at (763) 383-4448.

The Marine Dealer Conference and Expo is produced by the Marine Retailers Association of America and Boating Industry magazine.

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