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2018 ABBRA Annual Meeting and Symposium

  • 30 Jan 2018
  • 6:00 PM (CST)
  • 31 Jan 2018
  • 5:00 PM (CST)
  • Hampton Inn and Suites New Orleans Convention Center, 1201 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130 & Ernest Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA, 70130.


  • Both Days
  • Both Days
  • 10% discount for Refit Attendees
  • Only spouses and/or partners not working at marine businesses will be considered guests.

    Price covers both Tuesday and Wednesday events.

Registration is closed

Registration is now open!  

Join us in New Orleans January 30-31, 2018 for the ABBRA Annual Meeting and Symposium, the country's only event focused solely on the sustainable growth of boatyards that build, repair and service boats. The event begins with an Annual Meeting and Cocktail Reception on January 30th, followed by the ABBRA Symposium on January 31st. 

Times and Locations:

Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception- 6 pm- 9 pm, January 30th, 2018

Hampton Inn and Convention Center, New Orleans

Full Day Symposium- 8 am- 5 pm, January 31st, 2018

Ernest Morial Convention Center

On Wednesday January 31st, 2018, we will present the following sessions at  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Experience is the Best Teacher - Join the 'On-the-Job' Training Revolution

  • The Labor Market - It's not your Fathers Oldsmobile - Steve Kitchin, Vice President, New England Institute of Technology.
  • Creating Company Loyalty and Retaining Employees with a "Culture of Lifelong Learning" - Shirley Adams, Adams and Associates Consulting
  • Optimizing your Business’s Online Reputation - Nicole Jacques, Rhumbline Communications & Bethany Sigler, ABBRA
  • Innovation in Boat Building. Mike Arieta ,The Hinckley Company
  • Understanding the Value of Investing in Worker Training - Susan Swanton
  • Interactive Roundtable, On the Job Training - How to Facilitate this Training Model into your Business - Scott Ellsworth, Jobs For the Future (JFF)
  • Hurricane Stories from the US Virgin Islands - Rich Difede, Gold Coast Yachts
Lunch speakers: 
  • What you need to know about your Insurance Policy - Adam Phillips, Starkweather & Shepley

This year's cocktail party and accommodations will be hosted at the Hampton Inn New Orleans Convention Center, conveniently located across from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where the ABBRA Symposium and IMBC will be held. 

Registration Details:

 Member Category


 Member- Both Days


 Spouse/Partner- Both Days


 Spouse/Partner- Reception Only


 Non-Member - Both Days


Hotel Information

ABBRA has secured a discounted room block at the Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans-Convention Center,  conveniently located across the street from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where our Day-long Symposium will be held. The Cocktail Reception will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites. 

The ABBRA rate at the Hampton Inn and Suites is available, which includes a hot breakfast buffet. The rate is available for the nights of January 30th-Feb 1st, 2018 for those members who are also attending the International Marina and Boatyard Conference. Discounted rooms are limited and must be booked by December 31st, 2017. To book your hotel room, you may either use the direct booking link below or call the Hampton Inn directly at (866) 311-1200 or (504) 566-9990 and request the group rate American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (coded ABB in the Hampton Reservation system) for your requested reservation dates.

Book your group rate for American Boat Builders and Repairers Association 

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Conference Registration is non-refundable after January 1st, 2018 

For more information contact the ABBRA office at  (401) 236-2466 or

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