Fishing & Boating News

American Boating Congress 2004 Confirms Congressional Speakers

More than 30 Sponsors Pledge Support for Annual Boating Industry Legislative Conference

by: Dan Green, NMMA Staff,

(Apr. 07, 2004 - Washington, DC) Representatives Eric Cantor (R-VA), Mark Foley (R-FL), Walter Jones (R-NC), Ric Keller (R-FL), Frank Pallone (R-NJ), John Porter (R-NV), Jim Saxton (R-NJ) and Dave Weldon (R-FL), and Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) have accepted NMMA's invitation to address this year's American Boating Congress (ABC), May 2-4 in Washington, DC.

The Congressmen will join other distinguished speakers recently confirmed by NMMA:

  • Daniel Basta, Director, Office of Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA
  • Bernadette Budde, Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC)
  • Donald Businger, Director of Trade Event Programs at the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Stephen Butler, Deputy Chief of the OSHA Division of Maritime Compliance
  • Captain Scott Evans of the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety
  • Robert G. Hayes, General Counsel, Coastal Conservation Association, and ICCAT Delegate
  • Bill Livingood, Sergeant-At-Arms for the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Craig Manson, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Park
  • John Malatak of the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Chris Mann of the Center for SeaChange at the Pew Oceans Commission
  • Captain Anthony Regalbutto, Director of Port Security Planning and Readiness, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Bradley Smith, Chairman of the Federal Elections Commission
  • Todd Willens, Senior Policy Director, House Resources Committee

"We're honored to have such a wide array of accomplished individuals take the time to share their insights with ABC attendees," said Monita Fontaine, NMMA vice president of government affairs. "Their expert knowledge of the issues facing the recreational boating industry in 2004 will provide ABC participants with a deeper understanding of the role and priorities of our government and how government actions affect their businesses."

The recreational boating industry's annual legislative conference is enhanced by the support of its sponsors. To date, 33 companies have pledged their financial support for ABC 2004:

  • American Sportfishing Association
  • Bennington Marine
  • boats.com
  • Bombardier Recreational Products
  • Brunswick Boat Group
  • Cobalt Boats
  • Dometic Corporation USA
  • Ebbtide Boats
  • Faria Marine Instruments
  • Flagship Marine Engines Co., Inc.
  • GE Commercial Distribution Financial
  • Genmar
  • Grady-White Boats, Inc.
  • Godfrey Marine
  • Honda
  • Indmar Products Co., Inc.
  • Keybank USA
  • Lake Erie Marine Trades Association
  • Marine Industries Association of S. Florida
  • Michigan Boating Industries Association
  • Mercury Marine
  • Moeller Marine Products
  • Raritan Engineering Co., Inc.
  • Recreational Fishing Alliance
  • Soundings Trade Only
  • Pursuit Boats
  • Structural Composites, Inc.
  • Tiara Yachts
  • Volvo Penta of the Americas, Inc.
  • Van Ness Feldman
  • Viking Yacht Company
  • Westport Shipyard, Inc
  • Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

"ABC sponsors enable us to expand the activities and benefits for attendees," said Fontaine. "We are grateful for their support and their acknowledgement of the important role ABC has for our industry."

NMMA members were sent registration materials in March. The conference will be held at the Lowes L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington DC. To guarantee a room in the ABC room block, reservations must be made directly with the hotel no later than April 14th, and must mention the American Boating Congress or NMMA. The Lowes reservation line is 1-800-635-5065.

More information on the American Boating Congress call 202-737-9750.