This year’s ‘State of the Industry’ address will be held at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant

Frank Hugelmeyer

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer will present this year’s State of the Industry address for the second time since taking the helm of the trade group last autumn

When the recreational marine industry gathers for its annual Innovation Breakfast during the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS) on February 14, it will be at a new, indoor location as opposed to outdoors under a pavilion at the Miami Marine Stadium location of the show.

Sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the Innovation Breakfast “celebrates the best in boating and recognises the marine industry’s greatest innovations,” according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and will be held this year at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant, just down Virginia Key from the main entrance of MIBS. Free transportation to and from the breakfast from parking lots A, C and valet will be available, as parking at the venue is limited.

Those gathered will hear a ‘State of the Industry’ presentation from NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer, addressing his membership for the second time since taking helm of the trade group last autumn.

Also on deck is presentation of the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards, recognising boat and engine manufacturers for excellence in customer service; along with the Alan J Freedman Memorial Leadership and Charles Chapman Awards, which honour individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry and individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of boating for the benefit of the recreational boating industry and boating public, respectively.

Boating Writers International (BWI) will announce the winners of the annual MIBS Innovation Awards, recognising outstanding technical achievements from throughout the industry.

Boat show credentials will no longer be required for entry to the breakfast. Attendees merely need a breakfast ticket or e-mail confirmation.

MIBS opens runs from February 13-17 and boasts more than 1,300 boats on land and water.