The National Marine Electronics Association started a Young Professionals Group to connect industry personnel who are younger than 40 and are employed in the electronics segment. The goal is to attract, retain and promote diversity. NMEA membership is not required to participate.
The Young Professionals Group will offer online and offline networking, and industry veterans will serve as mentors. The program will eventually include focused content on LinkedIn, a showcase in Marine Electronics Journal, an annual networking event at the NMEA conference, biannual trips to leading organizations, programs for marine-focused schools and stewardship to ensure sustainability of the industry.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have worked for some extremely passionate people who have given me plenty of support and opportunities along the way,” NMEA board member Jason Young said in a statement. “I came into this industry in my early 20s having some mechanical/electrical experience and a love for the water and boating. I have stayed in the industry because of the support I have received from so many people, including colleagues, customers and mentors. Paying it forward will help increase exposure and retention of younger people to our industry.”
“Young professional groups often cater to white collar professionals,” said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA president and executive director. “What makes the NMEA YPG different is that we cater to both blue and white collar professionals, from installers, mechanics, riggers, electricians and designers to sales, marketing, service and office personnel.”
The YPG will kick off at the NMEA Conference and Expo in Portsmouth, Va., Sept. 16-20. Click here for more information.