LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR SAILING INDUSTRY CONFERENCE!
According to event organizers, more than 150 members of the sailing industry have pre-registered for this year’s 2012 Sailing Industry Conference in Newport, Rhode Island, to be held June 25 –27 at the Newport Harbor Hotel. Registrations are still being accepted, while space lasts.
With its theme, “From Survive to Thrive,” the event features multiple educational seminars, presentations and workshops, all designed to help companies focus on their own businesses, plus better understand overall industry plans for growing the sailing market. For a comprehensive list of the final industry conference seminars and presentations on tap, visit http://www.sailamerica.com/conference/agenda.asp
A new development for the upcoming conference is the facilitation of “Grow Sailing” group discussions to brainstorm how the sailing industry can most effectively and efficiently contribute to the larger boating industry growth initiative. Responsibility for this growth initiative is now shifting to an all-industry leadership group, of which Sail America is a member.
The Grow Sailing Workshop will be led by Mark Amaral of Lighthouse Consulting Group, and the roundtable discussions will be facilitated by Carl Blackwell of the NMMA, Ross Kilborn of Yachting Australia, and Jack Gierhart of US SAILING. Topics to be covered include attracting and retaining youth sailors, sailing education, diversity in sailing, marketing sailing, affordability and more, all of which align with the Grow Boating core focus and priorities. A compilation of the 2012 Sailing Industry Conference presentations will be shared with Sail America membership and will be presented to the Grow Boating leadership group.
“The Grow Sailing Workshops at this year’s Sail America Industry Conference allow the members of the industry to join together and discuss the topics associated with, and provide answers to, propelling the sailing industry forward,” said Jonathan Banks, executive director, Sail America. “With attendees representing all aspects of our industry, the 2012 Sailing Industry Conference is a fantastic venue for participants to voice their opinions and help shape the future direction of the sailing market. I highly recommend that anyone who has not signed up for the Industry Conference seriously consider registering and attending.”
To register and learn more about the 2012 Sailing Industry Conference, please visit www.sailamerica.com or register online at http://www.sailamerica.com/conference/registration.asp For questions or more information, contact Stephanie Grove at 401-289-2540. Onsite registration will also be available at the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina beginning Monday, June 25 at 6:30 pm.