NMEA annual conference set for September

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The National Marine Electronics Association announced that its redesigned 2012 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo is set for Sept. 26-29 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Fla.

“We’re changing everything about the conference to make certain that dealers and technical personnel find it a rewarding training and educational experience that they must not miss,” conference committee chairman Brad Good said in a statement.

“For the first time, we are providing three educational tracks that will run three consecutive days and exhibits this year will be open three afternoons and evenings,” Good said. “It is a great combination of training and education for dealers and techs that they can get nowhere else. And with strong attendance by dealers and techs, the event will be more rewarding for the participating manufacturers.”

The three technical tracks anchoring the event are:

• Designer Track

• Installing to the Standards

• Business Training — Business Growth

    In addition to the technical tracks, the conference will showcase the best in marine electronics in 11,000 square feet of exhibit space and highlight manufacturers’ product introductions for 2013.

    For the first time this year, the expo will be open on three afternoons, allowing more flexibility for attendees to visit the exhibits between sessions of the educational tracks. Manufacturer training will also continue as an important part of the NMEA conference.

    Also new this year, the conference will be held in the same week and at the same location as the 2012 Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services’ Annual Assembly Meeting and Conference. The commission sets many of the marine electronics standards for communications and navigation equipment.

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