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Association of Marina Industries Conference and Expo returns to Ocean Center Jan. 30 - Feb. 1

Association of Marina Industries Conference and Expo returns to Ocean Center Jan. 30 - Feb. 1

The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) returns to the Ocean Center Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 for their 2023 Conference and Expo.

The three-day event is geared toward those in the marine industry, including marina and boatyard owners, operators and managers, as well as dockmasters, harbormasters, boat builders and repairers, developers, engineers, designers and industry consultants. The event offers attendees prime opportunities to receive education and training, connect with leading suppliers and connect with professionals in the industry.

The event features an exhibit hall with almost 160 booths, including companies that supply marinas and boatyards with the products and services they need to run their business, such as dock builders, forklift and travelift manufacturers, pumpout suppliers, software developers and more. The exhibit hall will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

“Our event is all about offering industry professionals a central place to receive education and training for personal and professional growth and information they need to better run their facilities today and in the future,” said Kayce Florio, Conference & Expo Coordinator. “The conference will present a panel discussion on the future of boat design and manufacturing, and we are excited to have this group of leaders in the boat and engine manufacturing space participating this year.”

The session, moderated by Katheryn Burchett, Chief Operating Officer of Safe Harbor Marinas, will feature Alex Cattelan, Chief Technology Officer of Brunswick Group; Sean Marrero, Chief Strategy Officer and President of Watershed Innovation, Correct Craft; and Dan Ryks, Product Manager of Advanced Technology at Mercury Marine. The panel will share plans for the technological advancements in boat design and discuss topics including electrification and charging infrastructure; autonomy (assist) for auto-docking, close quarter maneuvering and navigation; alternative fuels, e-fuels and infrastructure; safety and emergency response; connectivity, digital systems, AI and IoT; and the impacts of these advancements on the customer and the marina infrastructure.

“These are important shifts in the industry and keeping ahead of these changes will help marinas plan so they can continue to provide the proper power options and excellent service and storage,” said Florio.

Attendees can also learn more about the area on a marina and boatyard tour.

Registration is limited to marine industry professionals; opportunities include full conference and exhibit hall only options for both AMI members and non-members. To learn more and register, visit

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