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Islamorada, Florida, USA
Serving The Keys & All South Florida

Keith L. Douglass, SAMS® AMS®
Diane P. Douglass, SAMS® AMS®

Principal Marine Surveyors

Keith & Diane Attend Annual International Marina and Boatyard Conference 2019
Keith and Diane attended the International Marina and Boatyard Conference January 23rd through the 25th, 2019 produced by the Association of Marina Industries and held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The first day featured a tour of three marinas including the Lauderdale Marine Center, an expansive complex capable of repairs and refits for mega yachts, Bahia Mar newly renovated and catering to yachts of all sizes located on the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown Ft. Lauderdale and Los Olas Marina, a municipal marina also on the intercoastal.

The keynote speakers who opened each day were John Pence speaking on "Creating a Culture of Purpose" and Debbie Mason whose topic was "Building a Legacy of Purpose". Both Keith and Diane took part in a Florida Regional Roundtable at the conference discussing a variety of topics related to the marine industry ranging from safety and security concerns to customer service.

Marine Surveys by Douglass Marine Co., Keith L. Douglass, SAMS® AMS®, Islamorada, Florida, USA Keith and Diane also participated in several seminars each day earning continuing education credits and forging new friendships. Among the presentations they attended included: marina infrastructure and grant funding, National Electric Code update, critical role of planning in marina redesign, the business and politics of workforce development, in the eye of the storm: a marina managers perspective when faced with a direct eye wall hit, how to identify and eliminate stray electrical currents in your marina, shoreline erosion control and lessons on teamwork: how we took our marina from a rowboat to a luxury yacht.

The conference enabled the pair to learn about many of the latest marina related products and services available while visiting the exhibit hall each day and meeting with vendors and participating in product demonstrations including new software programs designed to connect marinas to boaters in real time.

Both Keith and Diane have attended the IMBC in the past as they have the International Boat Builders Exhibition (IBEX) and other educational opportunities to remain current with the latest technologies and meet and get to know experts in many marine related disciplines. The pair is registered to attend the upcoming Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) Florida Regional Meeting in March in Ft. Pierce and is also registered to attend the SAMS National Meeting and Conference in Savannah, Georgia in late September.

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