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U.S. Superyacht Association Superyacht Summit

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Date(s) - Mar 15, 2016
08:00 am - 10:00 pm

Hyatt Regency - Pier Sixty-Six


U.S. Superyacht Association Superyacht Summit 2016
Join us for one day of education, networking & action for yachting industry professionals worldwide. Share information, gain knowledge and develop opportunities.

Tuesday March 15, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM EDT
Hyatt Regency – Pier Sixty-Six
2301 S.E. 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

3rd Annual Superyacht Summit Schedule of Events

Monday, March 14, 2016 – Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Dockside – Below Pelican Landing

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm                  SPECIAL VIP HOUR – Sponsors & Superyacht Captains Only are Invited to this Hour

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm                  Welcome Reception – Open to ALL Delegates

Sponsored by Raven Offshore Yacht Shipping and Luxury Marinas


Tuesday, March 15, 2016 – Hyatt Regency Pier 66 – Crystal Ballroom

8:00 am – 9:00 am                  Registration & Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Roscioli Yachting Center & Burr & Foreman, LLP


9:00 am – 9:05 am                  Welcome – USSA Vice Chairman Kate Pearson

9:05 am – 10:15 am                From Sea to Shining Sea: Is a Strong U.S. Dollar Hurting or Helping the Superyacht Industry?

Moderator: Michael Reardon – Reardon Yacht Consulting

Panel:  Cromwell Littlejohn – Northrop & Johnson
Phil Purcell – Marine Industries of South Florida

Todd Roberts – Marine Group Boat Works

Jeff Shaffer – Neptune Group Yachting

10:15 am – 10:45 am              The ABCs of ABC: Update on Advocacy Efforts at the American Boating Congress and Beyond

Peter Schrappen – NMTA & USSA Advocacy Co-Chair


10:45 am – 11:45 am              Leveraging Luxury: Co-Marketing with Luxury Lifestyle Brands

Moderator: Diane M. Byrne –

Panel: Nikko Lawson – Black Key Lifestyle

Steve Elario, YCO – Broker for Yacht Charter & Sales
Fred Marshall, The Collective

Richard Snow, International SeaKeepers Society

11:45 am – 12:30 pm              Empowering Networking: Techniques for Communicating at Business Events
Bert Oliva, BOWA World



12:30 pm – 2:00 pm    Networking Luncheon sponsored by Awlgrip – Windows on the Green

Keynote Address sponsored by
Getting Repeat Customers: How to Break the Rules and Close More Business

Lewis Fogel – Sandler Training


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm      Breakout Sessions One

Track #1

Terrorism’s Impact on Our Industry:  How Attacks of All Kinds Are             Affecting All Aspects of Yachting
Moderator: Chris Fertig – Fertig and Grambling

Panel: Rob Balloch – MARSS

Nick Clarke – Akula Yachts

Diego Ramirez – The Marshall Islands Registries/IRI


Track #2

The New Kids on the Block: Attracting and Keeping Today’s Young Professionals

Neal Harrell – Brooks Marine Group

Track #3

It’s Automatic…It’s Programmatic…It’s Mathematic…Why, It’s Marketing Lightning!

Julie Perry – Blue Sky Technology Partners


3:00 pm – 3:15 pm      Break and Networking


3:15 pm – 4:15 pm      Breakout Sessions Two

Track #1

Open Bar: Ask Anything (Yes, Anything!) About Legal Issues Impacting Your Business

Moderator: Michael Karcher – Karcher, Canning & Karcher
Panel: Michael Davey – Robert Allen Law

Jim Perry – The Superyacht Lawyers

Gina Polo – Weiss, Alden & Polo


Track #2

Business Etiquette: Avoiding Faux Pas in International Interactions

Doris Young Boyer – A Sense of Grace

Track #3

The Superyacht Tank Test: A Shark Tank Style Session Where Innovative Industry Ideas Are Presented and YOU Get to Be The Judge

Moderator: Ken Hickling – Superyacht Industry Specialist

Panel: Ron Cleveringa – Burger Boat Company

Lucy Reed – The Triton

Bob Saxon – Bob Saxon Consulting

Ward Setzer – Setzer Designs



4:15 pm – 4:30 pm      Break and Networking


4:30 pm – 5:45 pm      CUBA 2.0: Separating Fact From Fantasy About the Forbidden Island Nation
Learn from the pros what is “really happening” in business and tourism on this Caribbean Island and how it is impacting the superyacht segment today.

Moderator: Bert Fowles – IGY Marinas

Panel:  Julie Balzano – NMMA

Lisa Greenberg – Pacific Bound Yachts

Laura Sherrod – Atlass Special Risks

5:45 pm – 6:00 pm      USSA Wrap-up and Thank Yous


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm      Cocktail Reception and Networking sponsored by Favley Yacht Insurance

U.S. Superyacht Association

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