The positive feedback from the inaugural Growth Through Innovation sailing industry conference held in Newport, R.I., prompted the event’s organizers to plan more conferences. “There was a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and industry support,” Jonathan Banks, executive director of Sail America, told Soundings Trade Only. “We definitely want to build on that momentum.”
More than 150 sailing industry professionals from throughout the country gained insights and took home relevant advice from sailing industry experts. “We exceeded our goal of 150 attendees,” Banks said.
He said the goal of the conference was to provide attendees with valuable business tools and education to help their businesses be more successful.
Highlights included a keynote presentation and workshops by best-selling business author Dan Coughlin, and speeches by Wachovia senior economic analyst Mark Vitner and U.S. Olympic Sailing Program chairman Dean M. Brenner. “What [attendees] took away was practical business tips that they were able to use as soon as they got back to the office,” said Banks.
He said Sail America will “definitely” hold more conferences in the future, but it hasn’t been determine whether these conferences will be held annually or not. Banks did say the venue will likely be held in different parts of the country.
— Melanie Winters