NMMA Announces Agenda for Innovation Breakfast at Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show

2/1/2018 12:00:00 AM

CHICAGO—February 1, 2018—The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced today the agenda for the annual Innovation Breakfast at the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. Presented by GM Marine Engine Technology and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and, with support from Enterprise Florida, the Innovation Breakfast is being held Friday, February 16 within the show’s Center Courtyard.

Celebrating the thousands of innovative products, ideas and services showcased during the Miami International Boat Show each year, the Innovation Breakfast will feature a host of presentations focused on propelling the recreational boating industry, plus a special guest speaker from the U.S. Department of the Interior. Here’s the complete agenda:

  • Welcome by Larry Berryman, show manager
  • Opening remarks and CSI Awards, Thom Dammrich, NMMA president
  • Special guest speaker from the U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Chapman Award, honoring individuals within the marine industry who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of boating for the benefit of the recreational boating industry and boating public
  • Presentation by RBFF President Frank Peterson on consumer trends to recruit new anglers and boaters
  • Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award, honoring individuals who’ve made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation
  • Remarks by Kris Mayer, General Director, GM Wholesale, Marine and Industrial Sales on GM Marine Engine Technology in the marine industry
  • The Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, the recreational boating industry’s highest honor for innovative and technological achievement, judged by Boating Writers International

Because doors to the breakfast open at 7:30 a.m. prior to show opening, exhibitors planning to attend the breakfast must park in Lot A, take a taxi/Uber to Lot C, or valet park, as all other parking lots and transportation will not be running until 9 a.m.

Please note the Breakfast is sold out. For media interested in attending the Breakfast, please contact Sarah Salvatori at For questions about NMMA Awards, please contact Rachel Harmon at For questions about the breakfast, contact Erik Rancatore at

About NMMA: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading trade organization for the North American recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, marine accessories and gear used by millions of boaters in North America. The association serves its members and their sales and service networks by improving the business environment for recreational boating including providing domestic and international sales and marketing opportunities, reducing unnecessary government regulation, decreasing the cost of doing business, and helping grow boating participation. As the largest producer of boat and sport shows in the U.S., NMMA connects the recreational boating industry with the boating consumer year-round. Learn more at and get engaged with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Contact: Sarah Salvatori 312.946.6285

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