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Press Release - Focus of MRA Conference Classroom Seminars

Press Release - Focus of MRA Conference Classroom Seminars

MRA Conference Classroom Seminars Focus on:

Future of Marina Operations, Electric Boat Infrastructure, and Economic Impacts

The afternoon break-out classroom seminar sessions during

the 51st Annual MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show

will provide attendees with a broad prospectus of industry experts and

information covering key industry operations, management, and marketing concerns

with a focus on optimizing customer satisfaction, business growth,

regulatory compliance, and fiscal results.


On Day-2 of the Conference, Tuesday, October 17th, at 4:00 PM, Session 3 – Topic #1; Issues Changing the Marina Landscape, will provide an open forum discussion lead by the panel of Kate Pearson, Safe Harbor Marinas, VP of Business Development / Gary Jones, LA County Beaches & Harbors Director / and Jim Hayes, Almar Marinas COO, addressing critical issues effecting current and future marina operations. All attendees will be encouraged to discuss their marina operations and approaches they have utilized to handle new challenges in todays evolving marina environment.

At the same time, Session 3 – Topic #2; How to Embrace Electric Boating Without Spending Millions on Infrastructure, will feature a panel discussion lead by the dynamic trio of

Paul Blank, City of Newport Beach Harbormaster / Scott Canning, Aqua superPower, VP Business Development North America / and Leonora Valvo, Vita Power, CEO North America. The City of Newport Beach is leading the way in adoption of electric boat technology at their marinas, and Vita Power and Aqua superPower are in the forefront of electric boat technology development. This should prove to be a very enlightening session.

Session 3 – Topic #3; California Boating & Economic Impact, presented by Mark Smith, NMMA California Lobbyist, will take an in-depth look at the influence that recreational boating has had on the California economy and outdoor recreation. The presentation will also focus on current boating activity statistics and trends with forecasts of future boating activity. Mark has been working with the NMMA for five years and been a driving force in the creation of legislation favoring the boating industry.

Don’t miss these critical presentations and more!

Registration and event information for the 

2023 MRA Educational Conference & Trade Show, October 16 – 18 at the

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Resort,

is posted now on the MRA website at or

go directly to the Conference website at

Special hotel rates are also being offered at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Resort from October 14th to the 18th, and attendees are invited to come early and stay late to enjoy the wonderful Southern California weather and amenities overlooking the white sand beaches and blue Pacific Ocean.

The Marine Recreation Association is a professional organization that represents marina owners, operators, and industry professionals located throughout the western United States with additional members in Canada, Mexico, and Australia. Created more than 51 years ago, the MRA actively promotes and represents recreational boating interests while providing educational management and operations seminars, and information for marine industry owners, operators, and staff.

For additional information about the MRA and all its activities and interests, please contact Mariann Timms by phone at (209) 334-0661 or email at


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 August 29, 2023