ABBRA – American Boat Builders & Repairers Association

Annual Conference

The 2016 Annual Meeting & Summer Symposium will be held on Sunday 26th & Monday 27th June, 2016 in Portland, Maine at the Portland Harbor Hotel. This year’s conference theme is Respecting the Past, Defining the Present & Planning for a Successful Future“.  

The ABBRA Annual Meeting & Summer Symposium will focus on best business practices, and the issues critical to the day-to-day management of boat building and repair yards and marine maintenance and service facilities in 2016, while planning to ensure the future success of your business. The Summer Symposium is a departure from ABBRA’s winter conferences.  We encourage you to bring your family for a weekend in the charming coastal city of Portland.

ABBRA will have a cocktail reception and Annual meeting on June 26, 2016 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at which time we will present our Annual Awards and ABBRA’s industry recognized Marine Service Manager’s Certification credential.

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 2016 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 Joy Elvin, Administrative Manager at for more information.

Hotel Information
The Conference Hotel is the beautiful Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101. Located in the heart of the Old Port, a Victorian district of lovingly restored shops and restaurants. The area features cobblestone streets, galleries, shops, day spas and historic landmarks. For the twelfth consecutive year, AAA has awarded the Portland Harbor Hotel a Four Diamond award for excellence in service.