ABBRA – American Boat Builders & Repairers Association

Annual Symposium

2018 ABBRA Annual Meeting & Symposium January 30-31, 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana

Registration now open!

Join us in the heart of New Orleans January 30-31, 2018 for the ABBRA Annual Meeting and Symposium- the country’s only event focused solely on the sustainable growth of boatyards that build, repair, and service boats. ABBRA’s day-long Symposium will include an overview of current trends, interactive discussions regarding the challenges, and topics relevant to boatyard owners and operators. 

ABBRA has been taking the lead nationally for the past two years in addressing the skills gap in our industry. We are building productive partnerships with employers, secondary and post secondary educators, national and state associations, and foundations,  who are working to develop  a proficient technically skilled workforce for the boat building and repair industry. We will share the benefit of these partnerships and talk about what employers can do to attract and develop a workforce for the future. 

The Annual Meeting and Symposium is a fantastic opportunity to network with your peers, share leading edge ideas with people that share your interests, and to speak with ABBRA Staff and Board members regarding how ABBRA can help you grow your business, as well as a chance to kick back and enjoy time with other ABBRA members in fun-filled, vibrant New Orleans. 

This year’s cocktail party and accommodations will be hosted at the Hampton Inn New Orleans Convention Center, conveniently located across from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where the ABBRA Symposium and IMBC will be held.  Registration is now open with Early Bird discounts available through October 31st. Book early to ensure the lowest rates! 

A discounted room block is also available at the Hampton Inn for $199 per night.  The room block is limited and the deadline for securing this rate is December 31st, 2017. 

The 2018 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.