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ABC 2018 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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All meetings take place at the Renaissance Hotel unless otherwise noted

*Indicates closed events by invitation only.

TIME TOPIC LOCATION
TUESDAY, MAY 8
1:00-7:00pm MRAA Board of Directors Meeting* Meeting Room 3
5:00-6:30pm AMI Legislative Committee Meeting* Meeting Room 6
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
7:30-5:00pm Registration Renaissance Reg Desk
8:00-11:00am AMI Board Meeting* Meeting Rooms 10/11
8:00-12:00pm Recreational Boating Leadership Council Meeting* Meeting Rooms 12/13/14
10:00-4:00pm NMMA Strategic Planning Meeting* Renaissance East
10:00-11:30am BoatPAC Committee Meeting* Meeting Room 15
12:30-1:30pm Welcome Lunch & Eddie Smith Award with special guest speaker Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-3) Renaissance West
1:30-4:30pm Center for Sportfishing Policy General Session* Meeting Rooms 10/11
1:40-4:00pm Issue Workshops  
1:40-2:20pm Putting Out the Welcome Mat for Foreign Flagged Yachts Meeting Room 3
  Trade Updates from Around the Globe: North American Free Trade Agreement and Beyond Mount Vernon Square A
  Reducing Regulatory Burdens and Ensuring Business Compliance Mount Vernon Square B
2:30-3:10pm Modernizing Recreational Fishing Saltwater Policy Meeting Room 3
  Trade: How Aluminum Tariffs Could Impact Your Bottom Line Mount Vernon Square A
  Water Infrastructure Mount Vernon Square B
3:20-4:00pm Conservation and Regional Policy Issues Impacting Boating: Everglades, Aquatic Invasive Species, and Pacific Salmon Meeting Room 3
  Workforce Development Mount Vernon Square A
  Fuel Policy Mount Vernon Square B
4:00-5:00pm USSA Board of Directors Meeting*. Meeting Room 8/9
4:15-5:00pm Hill Prep Session Renaissance West
4:15-5:15pm NMMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING* Renaissance East
4:15-6:00pm PWIA Board Meeting* NMMA DC Office
6:30-8:30pm Recreational Angling and Boating Reception* 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. 20 F Street, Rooftop, NW, Washington, DC 20001
THURSDAY, MAY 10
7:30-4:00pm Registration Renaissance Reg Desk
7:30-8:00am Breakfast & Issue Workshops Recap Renaissance West
8:00-11:00am Center for Sportfishing Policy Board Meeting* Meeting Room 12/13/14
8:00-9:30am

General Session, Day 1 featuring key Members of Congress including:

Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2)

Rep. Charlie Crist (FL-13)

Rep. Paul Mitchell (MI-10)

Rep. Garret Graves (LA-6)

Sen. Angus King (ME)

Renaissance West
9:30am Transportation for U.S. Capitol Group Photo & Hill Meetings Buses will pick attendees up from the Renaissance and drop off at the Capitol - East Capitol Street between Second & Third Street
10:00am Group Photo in front of U.S. Capitol Building U.S. Capitol Building
10:30-5:00pm Hill Meetings Capitol Hill Basecamp Room Available for Members - Cannon 122
4:00-6:00pm EMD BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING*
MACD BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING*
BMD BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING*
Meeting Rooms 10/11
Meeting Rooms 8/9
Meeting Rooms 12/13/14
5:00-6:00pm

Millennial Happy Hour

Our industry marine millennials are invited to join us for a new networking event and Q&A panel with Capitol Hill staffers.  Please rsvp to Laura Crisler at lcrisler@nmma.org

Capitol Hill -- Cannon House Office Building, Room 122
6:30-8:30pm Networking Reception Arroz, 901 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC  20001
FRIDAY, MAY 11
8:00-8:30am New! Marine Industry Panel & Breakfast - the Power of Advocacy Renaissance West
8:30-12:00pm

General Session, Day 2 featuring Keynote  Speaker Chris Wallace, Award-Winning Veteran Journalist & Host of FOX News Sunday and key Trump administration officials including:

Lucas Hitt, Communications Chief, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers

Captain Jennifer Williams, United States Coast Guard

Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Renaissance West
12:00-1:00pm

Farewell and Awards Ceremony Lunch

Join us as we wrap up ABC 2018 for a farewell lunch and presentation of several significant industry awards including:
 
•    The Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award 2018 honorees are Kris Carroll, President, Grady-White Boats, and Joan Maxwell, President, Regulator Marine. The Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award honors individuals who have helped the marine industry get to where it is today in terms of achieving greater industry sales, stopping unwanted government regulations or seeking needed government regulation, or otherwise helping and benefiting the whole marine industry as distinct from building one’s own company.
•    Ambassador Award – given annually to the ABC Co-host who has done the most significant promotion of ABC. 
•    BoatPAC-The Champions for Growth Award – given annually to a company that has recognized the importance of BoatPAC’s mission and advocacy.

Renaissance West