NMMA Unveils Preview of American Boating Congress Speakers

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has revealed its lineup of speakers for its upcoming American Boating Congress (ABC). The event will be held at The Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, DC from April 24 to 25.

"NMMA is thrilled to host such a variety of respected and knowledgeable speakers at this year's ABC,' says NMMA President, Thom Dammrich. "It is imperative to our industry that we participate in an ongoing dialogue about policy issues affecting us all.'

Speakers will be discussing a variety of urgent policy and legislative issues affecting the recreational boating industry. Policymakers, advocates and stakeholders will contribute to dialogue during the session.

The agenda includes:
Jon Jarvis, Director for the National Park Service – Jon Jarvis became the 18th Director of the National Park Service on October 2, 2009. A career ranger who began as a seasonal interpreter in 1976 in Washington, Jarvis leads an agency that preserves and manages nearly 400 national parks. Director Jarvis will speak to the assembly on important issues such as Biscayne National Park and the proposed General Management plan, threatening to close access to boaters and anglers.
Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) – Rep. Harris currently serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Science, Space, and Technology committees and Chairs the subcommittee on Energy and Environment. He has heard testimony from two NMMA members on separate occasions during Congressional hearings on E15 and its effects on marine engines. He will speak on E15 at ABC, including information on what members can do to help stop this legislation.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) – Sen. Whitehouse is a member of the Budget Committee, the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging. He chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism and the EPW Subcommittee on Oversight and is co-chair of the Senate Oceans Caucus. He will talk about the oceans and Great Lakes, how recreational fishing and boating on them are economic drivers for the country, and how access to them is necessary.
Francisco J. Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade – Francisco J. Sánchez was appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce. At ABC, he will discuss the New Marketing Export Initiative (NMEI), with which NMMA is a strategic partner.
Neil Newhouse, Public Opinion Strategies – Neil Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm. At ABC, he will discuss the upcoming 2012 elections and provide a political forecast for the year.
Greg Ip, The Economist – Greg Ip is US economics editor for The Economist, based in Washington D.C. He covers the economy, financial markets, monetary, fiscal and regulatory policy. At ABC he will discuss the ongoing economic changes and how they may affect the recreational boating industry as we move forward following the recession.

For more information contact Lauren Dunn at 202-280-6928 or ldunn@nmma.org.