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SPECIAL BRANDED-CONTENT SECTION SPECIAL BRANDED-CONTENT SECTION Marina Conference Returns Home to Fort Lauderdale Coming off of the most successful confer-ence in the history of the Association of Ma-rina Industries (AMI), the International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC) returns to Fort Lauderdale for its 14th annual event. The conference dates are January 27-29, 2016 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. IMBC is the leading marina and boatyard con-ference – geared specifically towards marina and boatyard owners, operators and managers, as well as dockmasters, harbormasters, boat builders, repairers and industry consultants. “After having our most successful conference in Tampa, we are happy to bring that success to our home turf, matching last year’s success,” said AMI Chairman Jeff Rose. “We’ve had a number of IMBCs in Fort Lauderdale and due to its abundance of local restaurants, shops and easy in-and-out transportation, our attend-ees have grown to love the community.” AMI considers Fort Lauderdale the home of the IMBC as most of the conferences have been hosted there. “While the city is not new to most of our participants, we are planning events to create a fresh experience,” said Rose. “These include a field trip throughout Fort Lau-derdale, a seminar recap and roundtable ses-sion, and a Game Night theme for the festivities taking place Thursday night, January 28, at our host hotel.” Targeted educational seminars IMBC is proud to offer a wealth of seminars that cover a wide range and variety of topics that ben-efit all professionals throughout the marina and boatyard industry. There are four tracks for IMBC breakout sessions – Inland, Coastal, Boatyard & Service, and Marina Design & Engineering. In addition, a few “extra” sessions will be offered to cover important issues and give interested at-tendees more time with the keynote speaker. Furthering IMBC’s educational opportuni-ties will be the returning Marina Trends Exhibit, which highlights the results of the AMI and Ma-rina Dock Age magazine industry survey, and new product demos at various exhibit booths. “The continuing education opportunities at IMBC are endless,” Rose said. “It’s the best use of three days out of the office.” IMBC will feature two keynote speakers on say one. Professional speaker and author Connie Podesta will present the opening keynote ad-dress followed by John Robitaille, former Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate and motivational speaker/communications professional. “This is perhaps the strongest opening line-up IMBC has presented in its 13-year history,” said Rose. “Our attendees are always looking for ways to strengthen their businesses, and we are confident these sessions will help them find success in both their professional and personal lives.” IMBC 2016 will offers a wide variety of seminars. Customized exclusively for the IMBC, Pod-esta’s address will take the audience into the minds of even the most difficult employees and turn negative attitudes into positive, entitlement into accountability, complacency into produc-tivity, complaining into solutions, and “that’s not my job” into ownership. Podesta will also both challenge and empower attendees with the knowledge they need to get along better with the people in their lives. “She’ll take you into the minds and person-alities of the people you deal with every day — bosses, colleagues, partners, customers, friends, and family — so you can act, rather than react to whatever life throws your way,” said Rose. “Get ready for less stress and more success.” Informational opportunities Seminar topics for the 2016 conference in-clude more resilient waterfronts, design and en-gineering considerations for construction proj-ects, electric shock drowning, bringing existing marina design up to date, invasive carp, and closing the skills gap in the recreational ma-rine industry. Speakers include coastal expert Pam Rubinoff, co-presenters Greg Weykamp and Shaun McFarlan, ex-Navy member and engineering consultant David Rifkin, and many more marina and boatyard professionals, as well as four sessions produced by the Ameri-can Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA). “IMBC remains a one-stop shop for industry professionals,” said Rose. “It is where we gath-er to stay well-informed on trends, discuss new ideas, talk to suppliers, and create important professional relationships. It is how we improve our businesses and find continued success.” In addition, IMBC will once again host the Best Profit Idea Awards. The top three ideas 30 December 2015 SPECIAL BRANDED-CONTENT SECTION SPECIAL BRANDED-CONTENT SECTION


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