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SPECIAL BRANDEDCONTENT SECTION Celebrating 25 Years of Certifying Marina Managers at IMBC It’s a banner year for the International Ma-rina Institute (IMI) and for the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 25–27, 2017. This year, as IMBC celebrates its 15th anniversary as the leading marina and boatyard show in the western hemisphere; IMI will celebrate 30 years of training and 25 years of certifying marina professionals from around the world. IMBC, IMI, and their owner, the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), have a long and robust history within the marine industry. Launched in 2002 as the National Marina & Boatyard Conference (“National” would change to “International” about three years later) and now open to the public, IMBC started as a small training conference with roundtables and workshops geared specifi-cally toward AMI members. At the time, IMI—founded in 1986 by Neil Ross, Paul Dodsen, and Dennis Nixonhad balready been training marina profes-sionals for over a decade, putting marina managers through the Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) and Advanced Marina Management (AMM) courses. In 1992, the Certified Marina Manager (CMM) certifica-tion was created and these courses would become, and still are today, prerequisite training to qualify one to apply to become a CMM. “ Merger leads to positive changes Everything changed when AMI and IMI merged in 2005 to combine lobbying ef-forts, training programs, and member ser-vices. These two groups became one large association that better serves its members through a stronger voice and with the capi-tal to expand its training programs to more locations, with more classes added to the schedule. In 2011, IMI was able to introduce a Certified Marina Operator (CMO) program to serve those marina professionals who handle the daily operations at a marina but are not the facility manager. Not surprisingly, IMBC reaped the benefits of the IMI/AMI partnership and grew alongside them. This year at IMBC, the CMM program will celebrate its silver anniversary with a re-Today, IMBC welcomes 120 exhibitors and hosts 32 seminars and workshops, with almost a dozen networking events. IMCB offers networking and learning opportunities for all attendees. ception for all CMMs and CMOs, of which there are currently more than 360 across the globe, with another 10 in the pipeline for certification by the end of 2016. IMBC 2017 Today, IMBC welcomes 120 exhibitors and hosts 32 seminars and workshops, with almost a dozen networking events. IMBC’s two-day program now includes two ” keynote addresses, four educational tracks (Best Practices, Operations, Boatyard & Service, and Marina Design & Engineer-ing) with 30 seminars and workshops, and multiple networking events−from IMBC’s popular nightly receptions on the Exhibit Floor to the annual AMI field trip to area ma-rinas; from the first-time attendee reception on Wednesday to the show’s first-ever Pub Crawl on Thursday. 38 January 2017

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