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Schedule of Events


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ABC 2015 Schedule of Events

(All meetings take place at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel ~ 999 Ninth St., NW Washington, DC  20001 ~ unless otherwise noted.)

 Monday, May 11



Recreational Boating Leadership Council Meeting*, Mount Vernon Square A

 1:00-4:00pm   AMI Board Meeting*, Meeting Room 9




Government Relations and PAC Committee Meetings, Meeting Room 8

National Marine Trades Council Meeting*, Meeting Room 9


Welcome Reception -- National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art
Museum, 3rd Floor -- 8th and F Streets, NW  Washington, DC

You may enter on the G St. side of the museum until 7:30pm.  After 7:30pm you must enter on the F St. side of the building.

 Tuesday, May 12



Registration, Congressional Registration

 8:00-9:00am   Breakfast, Congressional Ballroom A/B
 9:00-9:30am   Effective Lobbying Techniques, Congressional Ballroom A/B                                                  




USSA Board Meeting*, Mount Vernon Square A



Concurrent Issue Workshops
- Ethanol & The RFS, Meeting Room 10/11

- Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund, Meeting Room 8

- Dealer Focus, Meeting Room 9

10:15-10:45am   Concurrent Issue Workshops
- Tax Reform, Meeting Room 10/11
- Fishing Issues, Meeting Room 8
- Access, Meeting Room 9
10:45-11:15am   Concurrent Issue Workshops
- State Issues, Meeting Room 10/11
- Deferred Importation, Meeting Room 8
- USCG, Meeting Room 9
11:15-11:45am   Concurrent Issue Workshops
- Invasive Species, Meeting Room 10/11
- U.S. Flagging Regulations for Superyachts, Meeting Room 8
- Cuba, Meeting Room 9




NMMA Board and Staff Headshots available, courtesy of John Nelson Photography, Meeting Room 1

Networking Lunch and Eddie Smith Award Presentation -- Guest Speaker Eileen Sobek, Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA, Congressional Ballroom A/B                                     

 Noon-6:00pm   MRAA Board of Directors Meeting*, Mount Vernon Square A
 1:00-6:00pm   Individual Hill Visits Available
 1:00-3:00pm   AMD BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING*, Meeting Room 12/13
 3:30-5:30pm   NMMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING*, Mount Vernon Square B

BOATPAC RECEPTION* -- 20 F Street, Rooftop, NW, Washington, DC

Limited roundtrip transportation will be available for this event.  Busses will begin loading in the Renaissance driveway at 5:15pm.  Busses will depart 20 F St. at 8pm and return to the hotel.

* Indicates closed events by invitation only
 Wednesday, May 13




Registration, Congressional Registration

Breakfast, Mount Vernon Square


General Session, Congressional Ballroom A/B

Welcome, Thom Dammrich, President NMMA

Joan Maxwell, NMMA Chairperson, Regulator Marine, Inc.

David Gregory, Keynote

10:30-10:45am   Break

General Session con't-- confirmed speakers include:

Rep. Curt Clawson (FL-19)

Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10)

Rep. Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18)

Frank Peterson, Jr., President/CEO, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

Margaret Podlich, President, BoatU.S.

Mayor Tomas Regaldo, City of Miami

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, U.S. Coast Guard

Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-1)

 Noon-1:00pm   Lunch, Congressional Ballroom A/B

Individual and Group Hill Visits Available  

Limited transportation will be available to Capitol Hill for scheduled visits.  Busses will begin loading in the Renaissance driveway at 12:15pm.                                                                        

 5:30-7:30pm   National Safe Boating Council/National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Congressional Reception
The Rayburn House Foyer -- 2168 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC


ABC 2015 is Co-Hosted by:

American Sportfishing Association • Association of Marina Industries • Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association • BoatU.S. • Boating Industry • Boating Trades Association of Metropolitan Houston • Center for Coastal Conservation • Connecticut Marine Trades Association • Florida Yacht Brokers Association • Lake Erie Marine Trades Association • Marina Dock Age • Marina Recreation Association • Marine Retailers Association of the Americas • Marine Trades Association of New Jersey • Megayacht News • Michigan Boating Industries Association • National Boating Federation • National Marine Distributors Association • National Marine Lenders Association • National Marine Manufacturers Association • National Marine Manufacturers Association South Carolina • National Safe Boating Council • National Yacht Broker Certification Program • Northwest Marine Trade Association • Professional BoatBuilder • Rhode Island Marine Trades Association • Sail America • Sea Scouts - Boy Scouts • Soundings Trade Only • States Organization for Boating Access • U.S. Superyacht Association • Water Sports Industry Association • Wisconsin Marine Association • Yacht Brokers Association of America • Yachtcloser



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