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IMBC names 2016 keynote speakers

The IMBC will feature two keynote speakers on the first day of the January event in Florida.

The International Marina and Boatyard Conference will feature two keynote speakers on the first day of the January event at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center in Florida.

Professional speaker and author Connie Podesta will present an opening address, followed by former Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate and motivational speaker John Robitaille.

"This is perhaps the strongest opening lineup IMBC has ever presented in its 13th-year history," Association of Marina Industries chairman Jeff Rose said in a statement. "Our attendees are always looking for ways to strengthen their businesses. We are confident these sessions will help them find success in both their business and life."

Podesta's session, combining "The Power of Accountability, Empowerment and Ownership" and "The Power of Relationships and Communication," will be held Jan. 28 at 8:30 a.m.

Robitaille, who has more than 30 years of experience as a business executive, will follow her at 9:30. His session, "How Leaders Communicate to Win,” talks about the importance of understanding the human side of communication and the need to be authentic while being aware of how all five basic human senses come into play.

Both speakers will follow the morning keynotes with an afternoon breakout session in which participants can delve deeper into the questions or comments they had from the morning sessions.

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