2021 Conference Agenda


In the interest of safety for all conference participants, The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) Conference & Expo has moved to a full virtual event for the February 2021 conference. AMI has partnered with SpotMe to deliver a fully integrated conference experience, providing one place for all things Conference & Expo related. For the last two decades, SpotMe has been the leading technology and service provider of enterprise engagement platforms for over 5 million users. Their technology focuses on live events, virtual and hybrid meetings, and long-term engagement. It provides enterprise solutions that include apps, platforms, and support services.


AMI is committed to providing the same high-quality event the industry has come to expect. Attendees will have access to all pre-conference workshops, educational training, a virtual exhibit hall for all marina needs, interactive product demos, and participation in conference social events. 

The regular conference schedule has changed to recognize different time zones and extended to accommodate busy schedules. Pre-conference workshops will begin in late January with sessions running through February 17, 2021

Note all times are EST
January 13-20, 2021 - Exhibitor Launch of Virtual Conference & Expo Platform and Vendor Training Sessions

January 21, 2021 -  Virtual Conference & Expo Platform Opens to All Registered Participants

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm:  Pre-conference workshop
2020: Lessons Learned from New Electrical Code Updates, Chris Dolan, Marina Electrical and Gary Loftis, PE,  Maffett Loftis Engineering 
(additional registration required, session limit is 50)

Thursday, January 28, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm:  Pre-conference workshop
BIG Infrastructure Grant: Step by Step Application Guidance for a Successful Award, Wendy Larimer, BIG Grant consultant and Scott Meister, BIG Regional Program Coordinator
(additional registration required, session limit is 50)

Monday, February 1, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Pre-conference workshop
Marina 101 - Entry- Level Marina Training, Carl Wolf, CMM, Marina Operations LLC
(additional registration required, session limit is 50)

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Virtual Orientations and Exhibit Hall Visits
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm:  AMI Member Meeting
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm:  Virtual Trivia for some fun and prizes! Sponsored by 
6:00 pm: Conference Adjourns

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
12:15 pm: Conference Welcome, Virtual Platform Orientation, and What to Expect from Your Virtual Event
12:25 pm: Keynote: YOU Management: Self Care Stategies for Successful Leaders, Colette Carlson
Sponsored by 

1:40 pm   Service is a Superpower!Louie Gravance, Sponsored by 

2:20 pm   CMM and CMO Awards Presentations

2:30 pm   Break

3:00 pm   Breakout Sessions and Sponsor Product Demos
*Keynote Follow-up: YOU Management Deep Dive: Staying Relisient When You are in Charge                                                         Colette Carlson, Sponsored by 
*Conquering the Top 10 OSHA Violations, Tom Delotto, Suntex Marinas, Director of Safety & Compliance
   Sponsored by 
*Sponsor Demos - Golden Marine Systems and HydrHoist Boatlifts
  4:00 pm:                  Conference Adjourns

Thursday, February 4, 2021
12:00 pm   Daily Welcome, Virtual Platform Orientation, and What to Expect from Your Virtual Event
12:10 pm   Lunch with your Team (companies registering 4 people or more will receive gift cards to treat your team) 
                       Anirban Basu and the Chamber of Data: Could the Marine Industry be a Large Driver to Economic Recovery?
Anirban Basu, Sage Policy Group, Sponsored by 

1:10 pm      Keynote: The Calm Person in the Boat: Leveraging Emotional Intelligence During COVID 19,
Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry, Sponsored by 

2:10 pm   Break

2:25 pm   Breakout Sessions and Sponsor Demos
*Keynote Follow-up: EQ: The Missing Ingredient in Building a Highly Engaged Culture,                                                               Sponsored by , Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry
*What's on The Horizon for Small Businesses: Planning for Saving/Follow-up Q&A from                                                              Economic  Session, James Eaton and Anirban Basu,
                                  Sponsored by 
*Issues and Strategies for Dealing With Long and Short-Term Changes in Water Levels,                                                                  Jack Cox and Greg Weycamp, Edgewater Resources, Sponsored by 

 3:20 pm   Future Trends in Boat Design: Is Your Marina Prepared to Accommodate the Boat of the Future?  

                                 Sean Marrero, Chief Strategy Officer, Correct Craft; Troy Kollmann Director - Advanced Engineering and                                       Technology for Brunswick Boat Group; Joe Maniscalco, Yamaha Marine Service Division Manager;
Steve Arnold, Owner of Yarmouth Boat Yard, Moose Landing Marina and Freedom Boat Club
 Jim Frye, CMM, Westrec Marinas (Moderator)

                                  Sponsored by 

4:15 pm: Conference Adjourns

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: General Session Follow-up:  Top Ten Skills of a Service Superhero, Louie Gravance  
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Bellingham Marine Product Demo

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  Soft Skills are Power Skills: Hiring Right to Power the Best Customer Experience, Nick Schacht, Global Chief  Development Officer, Society for Human Resource Management

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Managing the Growth in Boating -  Panel Discussion  Sponsored by 
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Regional Roundtables: Gulf of Mexico and Southwest; North Atlantic Coast; Inland Lakes; South Atlanticc Coast and Caribbean; Pacific Coast and Canada; International

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: COVID Protocols: Best Practices, New Regulations, & What to Expect for the 2021 Boating Season, Robert Smith and Travis Vance, Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions, Sponsored by 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Making the Regulatory Process Work For You: The Do’s and Don’ts of the Regulatory Process And Having it Work for You/Gaining Regulatory Approval and Garnering Local Support for Marina Development, Dan Natchez, DANIEL S. NATCHEZ and ASSOCIATES, Inc., Heath Hansell, Applied Technology Management

Wednesday, February 17,  2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Legislative and Economic Outlook for the Marina Industry Eric Kretsch, AMI Legislative Coordinator, Jason Ortega, LobbyIt, Sponsored by 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Sell Smarter: A Marina Owner’s Guide to Attracting Institutional CapitalMike Melillo, Dockwa/Marinas.com, Sponsored by