NMMA president to speak at BWI meeting in Miami

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National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich will address members of Boating Writers International and industry guests during an annual meeting Feb. 17 at the Miami International Boat Show.

The meeting will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Miami Beach Convention Center, Room A 201-202.

Dammrich’s remarks will focus on what he hopes will be the media’s role in an emerging decade-long effort to revitalize and grow the marine industry. At the recent growth summit held in Chicago, a facilitated program included emerging recreational boating trends and changing demographics in the United States.

BWI hosted a discussion on these issues that was titled “Expanding the Boating Universe Beyond Middle-Aged White Males” during the 2008 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Although BWI may have broken the ice on demographics-related growth problems, the Chicago summit was exhaustive in its scope and plans are under way for a follow-up meeting in March where Dammrich hopes to build an industrywide coalition.

BWI’s annual writing contest award ceremony will open the Miami meeting. The 48 winners of top stories for 2011 will be recognized and $16,000 in awards will be presented. A Grand Prize Writing Award for 2010 also will be given.

The National Marine Electronics Association is the breakfast sponsor for the overall BWI program, and its executive director, Bruce Angus, will offer an outlook for the 2012 market and introduce NMEA’s new consumer guide to marine electronics.

The entire event is open to the marine community and requires no ticket for admission.

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