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How Does Attending ABC 2015 Help Strengthen My Influence as a Certified Dealer?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lindsey Johnson
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Much of what impacts boating originates in our nation’s capital. That’s where influencers sit and decisions are made. As a Certified Dealer, you have an authoritative, respected voice in our industry, and that voice should be heard in Washington. Guarantee you have a voice at the table and attend the 2015 American Boating Congress May 11-13 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Attending ABC 2015, the boating industry’s annual legislative and political conference, helps strengthen your influence as a Certified Dealer. It puts you directly in front of the nation’s decision-makers, giving you a unique opportunity to tell your Congressional representatives what issues are impacting your business and what you think can be done to improve the current retail climate. It’s is one of the most powerful and influential annual events our industry hosts.

Certified Dealers that make the trip to Washington to gain face time with state representatives and are able to give their collective retail and individual dealerships a voice in front of lawmakers and regulatory agencies. There are numerous issues up for discussion at ABC, all of which could have a profound impact on the success of your business. If Certified Dealers attend, it helps boost participation and unity around common issues so that the needs of the boating industry aren’t compromised in favor of another industry’s agenda. It’s your opportunity to make a difference — both for recreational boating as a whole and for your individual businesses.

ABC brings together recreational boating industry leaders to formulate public policy and present a unified front on the hot-button topics. At ABC, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Learn how to grow your business in the current economy

• Discover how current state and federal regulatory issues affect your operations

• Learn the status of key federal legislation concerning the marine industry

• Hear industry experts discuss how pending legislation and regulation can impact your bottom line

• Get first-hand knowledge from state and federal regulators, key congressional staff and industry experts about trends that impact the marine industry

• Network with fellow industry leaders and Certified Dealers

There will never be a better opportunity to personally influence legislation and protect your business interests in Washington. ABC is the perfect conduit for Certified Dealers to make lasting D.C. connections and leave an impression on policy-makers.

Simplify your ABC trip by downloading the event’s smartphone app. The app includes a Google Map of the Capitol and surrounding area, ABC schedule of events, information about Hill visits, policy briefs, Congressional Directory, links to Boating United, and more. Everything you need to make your Hill visit(s) targeted and effective.

Now’s the time for Certified Dealers to stand up and be heard. Register to attend ABC 2015 today and make your concerns a priority for Washington!

For more information about ABC 2015 or to register to attend, visit

8401 73rd Avenue North, Suite 71, Minneapolis, MN 55428