ABC Schedule Update, Keynote Jake Tapper Moves to May 16

The 2017 American Boating Congress (ABC) keynote speaker, CNN’s Jake Tapper, originally scheduled for ABC’s General Session on Wednesday, May 17, has been moved to ABC’s opening luncheon, from 11:20a.m.-1:00p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. ABC’s Hill Visits Strategy Session, which traditionally takes place during the luncheon, will precede it from 10:50-11:20a.m. Other can’t-miss events for the 2017 conference include:

Wednesday, May 15

  • Welcome Reception from 6:00–8:00p.m. at the Carnegie Library. A networking opportunity in an historic location for you and your industry peers to kick off the conference.

Tuesday, May 16

  • Time Change: New “Inside the Beltway—Republican and Democratic Insights” from 8:00-8:30a.m. Hear from Republican and Democratic DC strategists on the inside happenings from both the Hill and Administration to help you better navigate your Capitol Hill meetings and understand the legislative and political outlook for 2017 and beyond. 
  • New Issue Workshops structured into three different tracks – Business, Environment & Access, and Workforce & Compliance – to educate attendees on the big issues impacting marine businesses and help guide attendees in representing the industry on Capitol Hill.
  • Angling and Boating PAC Reception from 6:00-8:00p.m. For questions on how to attend, please contact Erica Crocker at All attendees must fill out a prior approval form prior to attending. 
Wednesday, May 17
  • ABC’s General Session, from 8:00a.m.-Noon, provides attendees with a front row seat to political insights that matter to your business. Speakers this year include Sen. Joe Donnelly (IN), Rep. Tom MacArthur (NJ-03), and Paul Rauch, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Assistant Director for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration. The complete lineup of speakers will be announced soon.
  • Hill Visits from 1:00-5:00p.m., organized by state delegation—enabling our attendees to be more effective advocates on Capitol Hill.  By working together with different peers from your state, you will be able to have more meetings with lawmakers and showcase the depth and diversity within our industry.
  • National Safe Boating Council and National Marine Manufacturers Association Congressional Reception from 5:00–7:00p.m.

Download the complete ABC 2017 schedule.

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2017 American Boating Congress sponsors: Brunswick and Mercury, Yamaha and Yamaha Watercraft, Correct Craft, Indmar, White River Marine Group, Seastar Solutions, Center for Sportfishing Policy, Groupe Beneteau, BRP and Evinrude, Volvo Penta Americas, Suzuki Marine, Sea Tow, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, Chaparral, Boat/US, Freedom Boat Club, SureShade, Water Sports Industry Association, Dometic, Enterprise Florida, Marine Concepts, and Infinity Luxury Woven Fabrics

2017 American Boating Congress Co-Hosts: American Sportfishing Association, Association of Marina Industries, Boating Industry Magazine, BoatU.S., Boats Group, Center for Sportfishing Policy, Connecticut Marine Trades Association, International Yacht Brokers Association, Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, Marine Industries Association of South Florida, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, Michigan Boating Industries Association, National Marine Distributors Association, National Marine Lenders Association, National Safe Boating Council, National Yacht Broker Certification Program, Norman-Spencer Marine Insurance, Soundings Trade Only, States Organization for Boating Access, The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, The Boating Trade Association of Metropolitan Houston,  U.S. Superyacht Association, Yacht Brokers Association of America