The National Marine Manufacturers Association hosted a successful event during the Republican National Convention, organizers said.
Despite the threat from Tropical Storm Isaac, nearly 100 attendees participated in educational demonstrations and informative discussions focused on the importance of the recreational boating industry to the U.S. economy, Lauren Dunn, NMMA public relations manager for government relations, told Soundings Trade Only in an email.
“Though the weather didn't hold up for boat rides, we had a great exhibit space with over a dozen booths representing our economic, safety and new technology messaging with a range of our member manufacturers’ products,” Dunn said in the email.
Attendees included delegates from Georgia, Florida and North Carolina, as well as U.S. Reps. Austin Scott, R-Ga., Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and Lamar Smith, R-Texas.
Reporters from local, trade and national media outlets covered the event, noting the economic impact the recreational boating has on the U.S. economy, Dunn said.
Today the group is planning an afternoon reception, including boat demonstrations, information about the economics of the recreational boating industry and an opportunity to meet with industry leaders at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
“The company hopes to immerse delegates, members of Congress and staff in the boating lifestyle, helping them to better understand the overwhelming impact of the recreational boat, engine and accessory manufacturing has on the U.S. economy,” the NMMA said in a statement.
“NMMA is pleased to participate in the Democratic National Convention,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. “We look forward to helping legislators and attendees alike understand how critical the marine manufacturing industry is to the U.S. economy. We are showcasing not only our national impact, but also an American pastime of spending a day enjoying our nation’s waterways.”
The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. EDT at the Peninsula Yacht Club on Lake Norman.
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