MRA seeks presentations for 2017 conference


The Marine Recreation Association is seeking presentations for the annual MRA Educational Conference & Trade Show next year.

The conference will be held Oct. 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif.

Presenters interested in participating in the 2017 conference are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration by the MRA’s board. Typical presentations should fit a 50-minute time frame and be focused on marina and boatyard industry marketing, management, development, regulation, new technology and other topics of interest in a multimedia and/or roundtable format.

The MRA said the conference will focus on enhancing guest services and customer satisfaction, improving marine operations and regulatory compliance and optimizing fiscal results and business growth.

The three-day conference will include seminars and roundtable discussions covering key marine industry management, operations and marketing concerns and an extensive marine trade show featuring industry vendors and contractors exhibiting a broad range of products and services.

"Participating speakers will have an opportunity to present themselves, and their company, in a position of industry leadership by sharing expertise and knowledge to help raise awareness and understanding on many industry topics for a diverse group of industry attendees," Mariann Timms, the MRA’s operations administrator, said in a statement.

"The MRA continually seeks seminar courses that bring unbiased and new information about emerging issues and ideas impacting the industry to our members, and our conference and regional training programs are ways we accomplish that objective."

The MRA said presentation proposals for the 2017 conference must be submitted no later than Jan. 17 via email to The proposals must include the title of the presentation, a brief overview of the subject matter and presentation format, and the name and a short biography of the presenter.

The MRA said it will review submitted proposals at the board’s annual planning meeting and will notify presenters of their status no later than Feb. 24.