Upcoming & Recorded Webinars

December 7, 2022 - Noon - 1:00PM EST -
Exhibit Like an Expert: Six Exhibitor Success Strategies to turn your booth into a powerful profit center 

Speaker: Susan Ratcliff

Your decision to exhibit should be followed by a commitment to get results. It’s time to elevate your image at the booth and tune up your tradeshow marketing skills so you can get the return on investment you desire.  

Susan Ratliff, an award-winning Exhibit Expert, will present an exhibitor success seminar that will help you avoid costly mistakes, improve your company image, increase lead generation, sharpen your sales skills, and speed up your time to profitability. By focusing on critical areas like goal setting, promotion, display dynamics, lead generation, selling strategies and effective follow up, you will boost your boothmanship, build your brand, capture new customers, and increase your sales numbers at every show. 

Both the novice exhibitor and the seasoned veteran will find value from Susan’s step-by-step instructions, creative ideas and effective techniques illustrated by proven methods, real-world examples, and experiences from the show floor.  


In this seminar you will learn: 

  • Eight goals to maximize a return on investment and time. 

  • Powerful promotions to increase traffic to your booth 

  • Proven methods to give your display the “wow” factor 

  • Three ways to increase the value of your leads 

  • A five-step formula for developing the perfect sales strategy 

  • Follow-up methods that turn leads into sales 


About the Speaker 

Susan Ratliff is not your typical exhibit industry speaker. In the tradeshow trenches for 30 years, she’s worked both sides of the exhibit aisle, gathered the knowledge, discovered the shortcuts, and made the mistakes so you don’t have to.  She knows what attendees want, how exhibitors think and what they both need to be successful. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, speaker; event producer and founder of a successful display products company that helped thousands of businesses look impressive on the show floor. Known around the industry as The Exhibit Expert, Susan has unique insight into how to generate leads and profits from a booth. 

Recorded Webinars:
November 2, 2022 - Noon - 1:00PM EST - How to Handle OSHA Inspections
Speakers: Travis Vance, Partner, Fisher Phillips & Robert Smith, Safety Consultant, Fisher Phillips

October 12, 2022  - Noon - 1:00 PM EST - Designing for a More Resilient Marina
Speaker: Margaret Boshek, Senior Coastal Engineer, Moffatt-Nichol

September 7, 222 Noon - 1:00 PM EST - Waste Reduction, Disposal, and Recycling at a Clean Marina and a Clean Marina Update.
Waste reduction, disposal, and recycling are key to protecting the environment at your marina. In this session, AMI Clean Marina Staff will discuss best practices to managing your waste. Marinas generate waster, from plastic jugs containing oil to food waste, managing your waste is key to maintaining public health, the environment, and the aesthetic of your marina.

July 13, 2022 - Noon - 1:00pm EST - Design Considerations for a Cleaner Marina
Speaker: Margaret Boshek

In this webinar, we will hear from Margaret Boshek, Senior Coastal Engineer at Moffatt & Nichol, on clean and green design considerations that improve the qu

ality of your marina. Using concepts pulled from clean marina best management practices, you’ll learn about the latest in marina design. 

June 1, 2022 - Noon - 1pm EST - Marina Best Management Practices for Aquatic Invasive Species

May 4, 2022 - Noon - 1:00pm EST - Are You Leaving Monday on the Table? Guidence for a Successful BIG Grant Award

April 6, 2022 - Noon - 1:oopm EST - Top Ten OSHA Violations
Speaker: Tom Delotto

In this session Tom Delotto, CMM and Director of Safety of Compliance, Suntex Marinas, will discuss the top 10 Marina OSHA Violations for 2021 focusing on the top three violations – fall protection, respiratory protection, and ladders. 

March 2, 2022 Noon - 1:00pm EST - Engaging your boater in Clean and Safe Boating Opportunities
Speaker: David White; New York Sea Grant

February 15, 2022 - Noon - 1:00pm EST -Ten Steps Toward Becoming a Clean Marina
Speakers: Eric Kretsch, Erin De Vries
The green and clean revolution are here, and a growing number of consumers are making choices based on environmental impact. Investors are increasingly incorporating social and ecological governance metrics into their decision making too! Position your business to succeed. 
In this 101-style session, you’ll learn the basic clean marina concepts, the steps to becoming a trained marina professional, and the process of verifying that your marina is a clean and resilient marina. In this session, you’ll learn about the many state programs and AMI’s new to 2022 Clean and Resilient Marina Training Program.

January 11, 2022, Noon - 1:00pm EST - How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Valuing Your Marina for Insurance
Speaker: DJ Tyler, Vice President, Marine Specialties Limited
Understanding the value of a marina and its components is key to being properly insured.  The marina’s value is usually important beyond the insurance policy’s aggregate limit. Values may also be relevant on a dock-by-dock basis for coinsurance and code upgrade costs. This session will explain each concept before reviewing examples of how incorrect valuations commonly impact claims. We will discuss what can happen when slips are relocated, current market price trends, and some thoughts on how to tackle these issues.

December 7, 2021, Noon - 1:00pm - Fire Safety in the Marina and Boatyard
Kimberly Finley, SVP Marine Facilities Industry Practice Leader at CHUBB Insurance, joins AMI to discuss Fire Safety in the Marina and Boatyard.

November 9, 2021, Noon - 1:00pm - Fire Safety at the Fuel Dock
Kimberly Finley, SVP Marine Facilities Industry Practice Leader at CHUBB Insurance, joins AMI to discuss Fire Safety at the Fuel Dock.

October 5, 2021, Noon - 1:00pm - Marketing your Marina 101
In this session, Emmanuel Njomo, Director of Digital Marketing and Mallory Sprinkle, Marketing Manager, at Mindgrub will join AMI to discuss marketing your marina 101. In this webinar, you’ll learn to assess your current marketing strategy, asses your target audience, develop a marketing strategy, and the different models of managing your digital marketing strategy. Mindgrub is an award-winning technology innovation agency that creates custom mobile, web, and digital marketing solutions for a variety of clients to bring their brands to digital. Mindgrub also leverages emerging technologies, such as virtual and augmented realtiy robotics, wearable tech, and mobile gaming, to solve tough client challenges.

September 8, 2021 - Cybersecurity Awareness: Mitigating Risk at the Intersection of Technology and Business
Jeff Bathurst and Anthony DiGiulian, SC&H Cybersecurity Assessment Services

Proactive businesses, irrespective of industry, realize that cyber aggression will occur at some point, especially today, where the use of the internet is at an all-time high (and trending upward). Insufficient security can lead to financial, reputational, or customer loss – but reducing your risk and understanding how to respond is possible. Join Jeff Bathurst and Anthony DiGiulian, Directors at SC&H Capital, to learn how to:
  • Establish robust technology security that supports growth

  • Proactively protect your marina against cyber-attacks

  • Elevate your ability to detect and respond to attacks when they do occur

  • Remediate vulnerabilities before they are exploited 

A robust cybersecurity strategy has become a prerequisite to the success and profitability of the modern business. Are you ready to take the necessary steps to mitigate your risk?

Aug 4, 2021 - Wi-Fi Demystified: How to Make the Right Wireless Network Decisions for Your Marina
Garrett Datz, SC&H Technology Advisory Services

Simply providing convenient guest Wi-Fi for your slip holder and transients is no longer enough, yet, figuring out how to effectively provide robust wireless service is more complex than ever. Getting Wi-Fi deployments correct anywhere is difficult and marina deployments have historically been complicated. Join Garrett Datz, Senior Manager at SC&H Group, as he digs into why that is, what questions you should ask as you explore your options, and how to make the best business decision for your Marina. During this session, we’ll discuss the:

  • Changing demands and expectations of your customer

  • Unique difficulties of Wi-F deployments for marina environments

  • Key components necessary to get your network and guist WiFi right

  • Different standard models of owning and deploying Wi-Fi

Garret will also share a real case story about how one marina successfully solved their Wi-Fi issue and modernized their offerings from start to finish. As you marina grows, users, devices, and applications increase, and you strive to meet customer demans, the need for a prime wireless network is nonnegotiable. Now is the time to step up your wireless capabilities, register today to learn how to get started.

July 13, 2021– Understanding Your Marina’s Economic Impact
Eric Kretsch, AMI Legislative Coordinator, and Alan Hodges, the principle in the development of AMI’s Marina Economic Impact Calculator, will explain why evaluating your business’s economic impact is so powerful. The speakers will explain what economic impact analysis is, showcase some of the data collected on the recreation industry, and provide a tutorial of AMI’s Marina Economic Impact Calculator.

June 8, 2021 – Fire Safety for Marina Operator Session 3 with Fire Boat Academy
Picking up where we left of Tony Carli from the Fire Boat Academy will bring the most up-to-date information on marina fire safety. Including what the code requires, how to communicate with your local fire department and fire response planning.

May4, 2021  – Marina Revenue Acceleration Course: Occupancy

SpeakerMeghan Keaney AndersonMeghan Keaney Anderson
Leveraging the knowledge of experts from across the hospitality industry, TWG brings you a three-part course on maximizing revenue at your marina. Each webinar will be dedicated to exploring one of three major levers to influence your marina’s revenue: PriceOccupancy, and Inventory Mix.

April 13th - OSHA update for Marina Managers and Operators
Speaker: Robert Smith
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 requirements have changed since the 2020 boating season. AMI and Fisher Phillips are offering this informational webinar free to AMI members. This event will cover the most recent changes to federal rules and the most recent guidelines. Get up-to-date to make sure you comply with the new changes.

January 13th  - Update on OSHA COVID-19 Enforcement with Fisher Phillips
Speaker: Robert Smith
Joe Biden will be inaugurated as president on January 20, 2021, and the impact on workplace law will be significant. President-elect Biden has provided us with clues (some subtle, some very blunt) relating to the ways his administration would approach labor and employment law issues, and there is the potential for massive changes related to COVID-19, OSHA enforcement, an increase in federal minimum wage, paid leave, and health care. This session will provide a preview of potential changes so businesses may begin to plan accordingly.

November 4th - Fire Safety for Marina Operators Session 2
peaker : Tony Carli

Join AMI and Fire Boat Academy for a webinar series on marina fire safety. In our second webinar with Tony Carli from Boat Academy we will cover:
  •  fire liaison

  • working with local Authorities Having Jurisdictions

  • training and training records for your employees

November 11th - Pandemic Impact on Small Business, where are we?
Paul Kanitra, Founder and President of Lobbyit.com and Mayor of Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, will discuss the state and impacts of coronavirus on small businesses throughout the U.S. The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on small businesses, and Congress’ attempts to support them have had mixed results. Paul will examine the impact of current and future pandemic legislation.

October 28th - ADA Design Regulations for Boating Access
SpeakerBill Botten, US Access Board 
Design regulations and requirements of boating access facilities 

Bill Botten
serves as the Training and Technical Assitance Coordinator at the U.S. Access Board. The Access Board is an independent federal agency that develops and maintains accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation venhicles, telecommunications equipment, and information technology under the Americans with Disabiities Act (ADA) and other laws. Botton an Exercise Physiology graduate from the University of Kansas, join the Access Board  in May of 2000. His training experience includes hundreds of presenations over the last 30 years to local, state, and national audiences on injury prevention, disablity awareness and sensitivity, and accessiblity issues. 

October 7th - Fire Safety for Marina Operators Session 1

Speaker: Tony Carli

Join AMI and Fire Boat Academy for a webinar series on marina fire safety. In this webinar Tony Carli from Fire Boat Academy will cover:

  • Fuel dock concerns, prevention-suppression-environmental
  • Dockhand training – What is expected?
  • Electrical Shock safety
  • Live-aboard fire prevention and safety
  • Evacuation planning vs. shelter in place

Tony Carli started the Fire Boat Academy in 2007. A former Boatswain Mate in the Coast Guard, he recognized the need for formalized marine training in the Fire Service . A Committee member for NFPA's 1925 Standard on Marine Firefighting Vessels since 2012, Tony has proven knowledge in the industry. Throughout his career, he has earned numerous certifications in both leadership and instruction. For 24 years, Tony has held a 100 ton Master's license. A firefighter since 2000 and current Chief of Department in Everett Massachusetts.

March - Don't Let Your Company Go Up in Smoke: Testing for Opiods & Cannabis in the Workplace
Speakers: Robert Smith and Travis Vance (Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions)
What Employers Should Know. The legalization of some drugs such as marijuana at the state level provides a challenge for employers trying to follow federal regulations for worker safety. In addition to legalization, federal regulations related to drug testing procedures have also recently changed. In this session, attendees will learn:

  • Should the company have a drug testing program?
  • Should the company drug test pre-hire?
  • Should the company test for marijuana pre-hire? What happens if you do?
  • Can you test for alcohol pre-hire?
  • Can you drug test after an accident?
  • How can you prevent opioid use and addiction?
  • Can you be sued if you do not test for marijuana?
  • Can you be cited by OSHA for a deficient drug testing program?