ABBRA – American Boat Builders & Repairers Association

2017 Conference Agenda


— Annual Meeting & Symposium —

24th & 25th January 2017

“Developing a Skilled Workforce for Sustainable Growth”

The ABBRA Symposium is a conference focusing on the issues that affect boat builders, boat repair, boat service, service companies, and associated businesses. It is an opportunity to build relationships with other professionals that share common interests and challenges.


Renaissance Cruise Port Hotel for the Annual Meeting, Awards, Marine Service Manger Certification and Cocktail Party.   Address: 1617 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

Broward County Conference Center for the Day-long symposium.   Address: 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316


A day to focus on some of the most important issues that are critical for the growth of boatyard and boat-building businesses, preceded the night before by ABBRA’s Annual Meeting and reception, Awards ceremony, and Certified Marine Service Managers certification.


This conference is for owners, operators, and managers of boat building, boat repair, boat service, and associated businesses. It is designed to promote professionalism in our industry, inspire you to consider necessary changes to improve productivity, and determine what you can do today that will have a positive impact on the future results of your business.

Tuesday 24th January, 2017 – 6 pm to 9 pm

Annual Meeting, ABBRA Awards, Marine Service Managers Awards and Cocktail Party

Wednesday 25th January, 2017 – 8 am to 5 pm

Day-Long Symposium


• Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce
• On-the Job Earn & Learn Training Models
• Finding and Building your Future Workforce
• State of the Economy
• How to Build a Sector Partnership
• The Future of 3D Printing
• Financial Management for the Non-Financial Manager

To Register, follow the link: Registration is now open here.

If you have any questions, call the ABBRA office on: 401-236-2466 or e-mail