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Michigan trade group sees boost in conference attendance

The MBIA said attendance for its annual Recreational Boating Educational Conference, which is set for Dec. 7-8 in Lansing, is up 38 percent.

The Michigan Boating Industries Association said attendance for its annual Recreational Boating Educational Conference, which is set for Dec. 7-8 in Lansing, is up 38 percent from this time last year.

The MBIA said it recently added conference topics on the U.S. Department of Labor overtime ruling and a new law the association pushed on the steps to legally remove abandoned boats from businesses.

Jim Stewart, the MBIA’s legal counsel, of Kotz Sangster in Detroit, will update attendees as a panelist in “Today’s Marine Business Landscape, Consumer Finance, HR Management and other updates to Power Your Profits,” a session that Jim Coburn, of Coburn & Associates, will moderate.

“MBIA produces RBEC as a member benefit and we doubled our speaker budget this year to provide the highest-caliber education at an exceptional value,” MBIA executive director Nicki Polan said in a statement.

“The increase in attendance shows the industry is passionate about learning and being involved in their association. We’re providing education targeted to our industry, networking opportunities and a chance to have some fun.”

Keynote speakers at the conference include professional motivator Ted Janusz and Mark Hollis, Michigan State University’s athletic director.

More than 15 speakers will offer seminars on topics that include marketing, sales, environmental regulations, yacht clubs.

The second annual Millennial Roundtable for the industry’s young professionals is a special session with the intent of getting more employees of all ages involved with the educational conference and the MBIA. The MBIA’s annual meeting is held at the conference.

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