ABBRA – American Boat Builders & Repairers Association

Annual Conference

The 2015 Boatyard Business Conference date is January 21 – 23 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Resort and currently our discussions on the theme and topics are centered around areas of interest such as the steadily increasing and more stable marine economic environment, the role and value of customer service standards and customer retention strategies, the responsibility to set and manage customer expectations and the policies, procedures and the best management practices that advance and make the boatyard business profitable. This year’s conference theme is Taking the Lead: Setting Service Standards & Achieving Business Stability,” and will feature Keynote Presentations from Peter Johnstone, CEO of Gunboat and Jim McManus, CEO of The Hinckley Company.

The 2015 conference will feature a Marketplace for sponsors to meet and network with conference attendees during session refreshment breaks. This is a great opportunity to showcase their service or product to their target audience in a more intimate setting than your standard exhibit hall.  Interested sponsors can email Nicole Hoekstra, Program Coordinator at for more information. Download the 2015 Conference Sponsorship Kit here.

The conference program will be a combination of presentations and interactive sessions with experienced industry leaders, industry partners, and leading experts from related fields with several networking and business-to-business events. Speakers will offer national and international perspectives on changes seen in the recent marine industry business environment and what may be expected in the future. The 2015 ABBRA Awards will also be presented during the conference, the deadline for nominations is December 12, 2014.

The 2015 ABBRA Boatyard Business Conference will be January 21-23, 2015–Registration is Now Open!