NMEA schedules conference for Baltimore

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The National Marine Electronics Association announced that the 2015 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore.

"Our 2015 NMEA Conference and Expo will focus on training, new product introductions and technology developments in marine electronics," NMEA board of directors chairman Johnny Lindstrom said in a statement. "This event also provides dealers and manufacturers nationwide with the best face-to-face contact and discussions of the year. We are also very pleased to move the event to Baltimore, which provides convenient air access nationally and a central location for everyone on the East and Gulf coasts, from Maine through Texas.”

Based on excellent feedback from 2014 conferees, the event has been completely reorganized to provide more technical education and business opportunities for attending dealers, installers and participating manufacturers, the NMEA president and executive director Mark Reedenauer said.

"We have changed 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," Reedenauer said. "The industry has responded the past three years with record attendance and record participation in the beefed-up training classes. For 2015 we will focus on five new technical electronics classes and five new business-oriented classes."

Among new offerings at this year's event will be updated MEI, NMEA 2000 and AMEI trainings based on the new revised 0400 Installation Standard, which provides the information and requirements for reliable, safe installations for all kinds of marine electronics, Reedenauer said.

The conference is expected to attract more than 500 dealers, technicians, distributors, manufacturers and others who design, build, install and service marine electronics for the nation's fleets of recreational and commercial vessels.

International conferees will come from Canada, Europe, and Asia. The conference and expo will showcase the best in marine electronics in a 10,000-square-foot exhibit area. Many manufacturers will use the event to unveil their new products for the coming year.

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