ABC Draws 35 Industry Organizations as Co-hosts

March 17, 2016

Yachting Journal

The 2016 American Boating Congress (ABC) will be co-hosted by 35 industry organizations, working together to create a dynamic and engaging program that meets the needs of the entire recreational boating industry. Now in its fourth year, the ABC co-host program brings together organizations across all industry segments to strengthen recreational boating’s collective advocacy impact.

These organizations have committed their time and resources in order to develop an event that will create a louder voice for recreational boating on Capitol Hill. ABC will be held in Washington, DC on May 9-11, 2016.

This year’s co-hosts are an integral part of planning ABC by contributing their time and expertise to develop the overall ABC program, and by encouraging their members to attend and participate in ABC.   Co-hosts include:
• American Sportfishing Association
• Association of Marina Industries
• Boat U.S.
• Boating Trade Association of Metropolitan Houston
• Center for Coastal Conservation
• Connecticut Marine Trades Association
• National Yacht Broker Certification Program
• CA Yacht Brokers
• Dominion Marine Media
• Florida Yacht Brokers Association
• Lake Erie Marine Trades Association
• Marine Industries Association of South Florida
• Marine Recreation Association
• Michigan Boating Industries Association
• Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
• Marine Trades Association of New Jersey
• National Boating Federation
• National Marine Distributors Association
• National Marine Lenders Association
• National Marine Manufacturers Association
• NMMA South Carolina
• National Safe Boating Council
• Northwest Marine Trade Association
• NW Yachting
• Sail America
• Sea Scouts - Boy Scouts of America
• Soundings Trade Only
• States Organization for Boating Access
• U.S. Superyacht Association
• VA Marine Trades Association
• Worldwide Boaters Safety Group
• Yacht Brokers Association of America
NMMA President, Thom Dammrich says, “NMMA is thrilled to once again see organizations from across a broad spectrum partnering for the industry’s most important advocacy event. With it being an election year, it’s more important than ever for our industry to come together to help drive advocacy. Working together as a whole, we can collectively reach a much broader Congressional audience, educating them about the significant impact that recreational boating has on the U.S. economy as well as the policy priorities affecting our businesses, employees and customers.”
This year ABC will once again feature top political analysts, industry experts and regulatory leaders to focus on our most important advocacy issues. Keynote speakers include Tucker Carlson, Co-host, FOX and Friends Weekend and Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Caller and Paul Begala, Political Analyst and Commentator, CNN. Registration is now open.