ABBRA names conference speakers


The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association announced its lineup of topics and speakers for the 2015 ABBRA Boatyard Business Conference.

The event, which focuses on issues important to boatyards, boatbuilders and marine service/repair businesses, will take place Jan. 21-23 at the Hyatt Pier 66 Resort in Fort Lauderdale.

Registering before Dec. 1 will qualify participants for early bird rates of $349 for members and $449 for non-members. After Dec. 1, rates increase to $399 for members and $499 for non-members.

The conference is titled “Taking the Lead: Setting Service Standards and Achieving Business Stability.” Speakers will offer general session presentations on the following:

• Peter Johnstone, CEO and founder, Gunboat: first-day keynote presentation

• Jim McManus, CEO, The Hinckley Co.: second-day keynote presentation

• Kevin Hutchinson, founder and CEO, My-Villages: “Extending the Enterprise via Technology”

• Kellie Crete, safety and loss-control manager, Gowrie Group: safety and environmental update

Breakout roundtables will focus on two business tracks that will span both days of the conference: owners and general management, and service managers and operations.

Visit ABBRA’s website for a detailed description of the breakout sessions.


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