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ABC 2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

*please check back often for updates*

All meetings take place at the Renaissance Hotel unless otherwise noted

*Indicates closed events by invitation only.

TIME TOPIC LOCATION
MONDAY, MAY 13
Programming held at the Renaissance & National Museum of Women in the Arts
7:00 am–5:30 pm Registration Renaissance, outside of Congressional Ballrooms 
8:00 am–12:00 pm Recreational Boating Leadership Council Meeting* Renaissance, Meeting Room 10/11 
11:00 am–12:30 pm BoatPAC Committee Meeting* Renaissance, Meeting Room 6
Welcome Lunch and Awards Ceremony - Renaissnce, Congressional Ballroom A & B
12:30 pm–1:30 pm

Join us for the opening of ABC 2019, a discussion on NMMA’s advocacy efforts and recent successes at the state level, and the presenting of the Ambassador Award and the BoatPAC – The Champions for Growth Award.

Concurrent Issue Workshops – Renaissance, Breakout Rooms
1:40 pm–2:20 pm Recreation Infrastructure: Boating Matters in the Debate Meeting Room 2 
  A Multifaceted Approach to Solving the Industry's Workforce Shortage Meeting Room 4 
  What are the Long-Term Implications of a Large Yacht Registry in the U.S.? Meeting Room 5 
2:30 pm–3:10 pm Mitigating Impacts of Year-Round E15 Sales: Lawsuits, Legislation & Regulations  Meeting Room 2
  Trade State of Play: Tariffs, Negotiations & Off-Ramps  Meeting Room 4
  Navigating Visas & Cruising License Policies  Meeting Room 5
3:20 pm–4:00 pm Clean Water, Healthy Fisheries: Understanding the Industry’s Conservation Priorities Meeting Room 2
  Boating Safety: The Latest U.S. Coast Guard Initiatives Meeting Room 4
  How Changes to Taxation & Free Trade Zones Will Help American Marine Workers Meeting Room 5
Board Meetings – Renaissance, Breakout Rooms
3:30 - 5:30 pm Engine Manufacturers Division* Meeting Room 10/11
  Marine Accessories and Components Division* Meeting Room 12/13
  Boat Manufacturers Division* Meeting Room 3
  Association of Marina Industries* Franklin Square
Welcome Networking Reception – National Museum of Women in the Arts
6:00 - 8:00 pm We invite you to celebrate the first night of ABC 2019 with a cocktail reception at the iconic National Museum of Women in the Arts – just a short walk from the Renaissance. In addition to great food and drinks, this is the perfect opportunity to meet (or reconnect) with industry stakeholders from across the country who traveled to DC for our annual summit.
TUESDAY, MAY 14
Programming held at the Renaissance, Capitol Hill & District Winery
7:00 am–4:00 pm Registration Renaissance, outside of Congressional Ballroom
7:30 am–8:00 am Breakfast Renaissance, Congressional Ballroom A & B
Understanding the Issues & Advocacy 101 – Renaissance, Congressional Ballroom A & B
8:00 am–9:15am

Before we head up to Capitol Hill, we encourage everyone to join us for a briefing on the industry’s top policy priorities and how to be the most effective advocate in Congressional meetings. Additionally, we will present our first annual Advocate of the Year Award.

Congressional Meetings & Related Activates – Capitol Hill
9:30 am Transportation to Capitol Hill Busses depart from the Renaissance and drop off at the U.S. Capitol Building – East Capitol Street between Second and Third Street
10:00 am Group Picture Front of U.S. Capitol Building
10:30 am–5:00 pm Hill Meetings Basecamp room available for ABC participants – 122, Cannon House Office Building
12:00 – 1:00 pm Young Professionals Luncheon* Capitol Hill Club - 300 First Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
12:30 – 1:30 pm BoatPAC High Donor Luncheon* Capitol Hill Club – 300 First Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
 
   
Recreational Angling & Boating Reception – District Winery*
6:00 – 8:30 pm For questions on how to attend, please contact Erica Crocker at ecrocker@nmma.org. All attendees must fill out a prior approval form prior to attending.

Shuttle busses will begin to depart from the Renaissance at 5:30pm.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
All programming held at the Renaissance
8:00 am–1:00 pm Registration  Renaissance, outside of Congressional Ballroom
8:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast Renaissance, Congressional Ballroom A & B
Featured Plenary Session – Renaissance, Congressional Ballroom A & B
8:30 am – 12:00 pm

We are proud to host the marquee session of ABC 2019 on the final morning, during which we will hear from top administration officials, key members of Congress, and leading media and political figures from both parties. We recommend that you arrive early, as seats close to the stage will fill up fast.

Farewell Lunch & Awards Ceremony – Renaissance, Congressional Ballroom A & B
12:00 pm–1:00 pm Join us for lunch as we say goodbye, preview ABC 2020 at our new location, and honor the recipients of the Eddie Smith Award and The Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award.