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NMMA president set to address groups in Lauderdale

National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich will be the featured speaker Oct. 25 at a joint gathering of the Marine Marketers of America and Boating Writers International during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Dammrich and a panel of industry experts will discuss how, when and where the tide is turning in the recreational boating industry.

Joining Dammrich for a roundtable discussion are Jack Ellis, managing director at Info-Link Technologies; Laurent Fabre, former director of sales and marketing for Beneteau’s North American powerboat division and newly appointed president of Beneteau America; and John Wooldridge, editor-in-chief at PassageMaker magazine and current BWI president.

Michael Sciulla, a member of the boards of both organizations, will moderate the discussion.

The luncheon event is co-sponsored by Info-Link Technologies, My-Villages and Show Management, which is owned by Active Interest Media. AIM also owns several niche publications, including Soundings and Soundings Trade Only.

“This is the second time that our two associations representing the marine industry’s leading marketers and writers have joined forces to produce a compelling and thought-provoking event,” MMA president Wanda Kenton Smith said in a statement. “We believe the discussion topic is highly relevant to the industry at large and will address many of the latest facts, data and recovery initiatives under way in our marketplace.”

The gathering is open to the marine community at large and will be held on Oct. 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Grandview Room of the Bahia Mar Resort during the opening day of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

“Besides the lively discussion that is sure to develop, this will also be an outstanding opportunity to network with professional peers at both ends of the communications spectrum,” Wooldridge said in the statement.

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