NMEA Conference and Expo Set for September

Organizers of the upcoming 2012 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) International Marine Electronics Conference Expo are expecting 600 industry members to attend. The event will be held September 26 to 29 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida.

"We're changing everything about the conference to make certain that dealers and technical personnel find it a rewarding training and educational experience that they must not miss,” said Brad Good, Chairman of the conference committee.

The 2012 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference Expo is expected to attract technicians, distributors, manufacturers, and others who design, build, install and service marine electronics on recreational and commercial vessels.

“For the first time we are providing three educational tracks that will run three consecutive days, and exhibits this year will be open three afternoons and evenings,” Good said. “It is a great combination of training and education for dealers and techs that they can get nowhere else. And with strong attendance by dealers and techs, the event will be more rewarding for the participating manufacturers.”

The event's three technical tracks include:

(1) Designer Track – Operational Excellence
Power planning, antenna placement, thermal planning, NMEA 2000 design and documentation, and “as built”

(2) Installing to the Standards – Operational Excellence
Proper tool selection, transducer selection and installation, power terminations, RF terminations, and SHF techniques

(3) Business Training – Business Growth
Effective purchasing and inventory management, standardizing your workflow process, project management costs and benefits, and planning for profit (including reading your balance sheet)

Bruce Angus, the NMEA's Interim Executive Director says that in addition to the technical tracks, the conference and expo will highlight manufacturers' product introductions for 2013.

In addition, the event features a welcoming booster reception, the annual breakfast meeting, breakfasts, lunches, a fishing tournament, and a golf tournament, as well as the industry-awards dinner.

For more information visit nmea.org or call the NMEA office at (410) 975-9425.