Thom Dammrich to Speak at NMEA Banquet in October

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has announced that National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) President, Thom Dammrich, will be the keynote speaker at the NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference and Expo banquet on October 2. The conference runs from September 26 to October 2 inclusive at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle, Washington.

“We're delighted that Thom has agreed to be the featured speaker at our annual banquet,” said David Hayden, President and Executive Director of NMEA. “Not only is he a very active and important leader in the marine industry, his participation at the NMEA event is a practical demonstration of the closer working relationship between NMMA and NMEA that will benefit both the industry and our customers in the months and years ahead.”

Since assuming leadership of the NMMA in 1999, Dammrich has helped increase the association's membership by approximately 30 percent. Today, the NMMA represents more than 1,600 members, which produce 80 percent of the recreational boating products currently sold in North America.

Dammrich was also instrumental in helping to unite the industry behind a strategy to increase the number of people who participate in boating. NMMA launched the Grow Boating initiative in 2006.

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