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MRA Educational Series Seminars

MRA Educational Series

The MRA Educational Series will provide timely and important insight into key marine industry management, operations, regulatory, and marketing concerns in a fun, informative, and interactive online format. With more than 18 education topics planned for presentation through June 2021, the MRA Educational Series will cover a broad range of strategies for enhancing guest services, improving operations, meeting regulatory compliance, maximizing marketing, and optimizing fiscal results within the evolving COVID-19 environment.
Information on all of the

MRA Educational Series topics and schedules will be posted in the coming weeks and will be updated regularly.


January 12, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
SOS: California Employers’ 9-Step Compliance Blueprint For New Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Safety Standard

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board recently approved an emergency regulation imposing new obligations on California employers related to COVID-19 prevention. This represents the most far-reaching formal rule-making by Cal/OSHA on COVID-19 and may be a preview of rule-making we can expect at the federal level under a Biden Administration. California employers did not have much time to comply with the new requirements – it became effective December 1, 2020. This webinar will educate you on these significant new requirements and steps you should immediately undertake to ensure compliance. This emergency standard is a significant game-changer, so this is one you will not want to miss.

Robert Smith, Executive Director, Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions
Travis W. Vance, Partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

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November 18, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Capturing the "Boating Boomers" - How to Win Over and Delight the Next Generation of Boaters

In the wake of covid-19, more people than ever before are taking to the water for recreational and social activity. While this is an absolute win for the boating industry, it won't be "business as usual" attracting these boaters to your business. In this webinar, members of the Dockwa team will share strategies on how to cater to younger and less-experienced boaters to ensure they become both lifelong boaters and, hopefully, lifelong customers.

Matt Fradette, CRO, Dockwa
Adrian Mott, Vice President of Marketing, Dockwa

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November 10, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
California & National Legislative Updates

Beau will give all participants an update on pending and recent California Legislation, and Nicole will provide a National Legislative Update. Above all, in this environment it is critical that we all be aware of new and pending regulations and laws and what we can do to impact those actions.

Beau BillerLobbyist, Platinum Advisors
T. Nicole Vasilaros, Esq., Senior Vice President, Government and Legal Affairs, National Marine Manufacturers Association

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October 21, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Navigating the Copper Paint Regulations and Charting a Course of Survival for the Marina Operator/Owner.

Copper antifouling paint (AFP) controls are being prioritized in the Nonpoint Source Implementation Plan (NPS Plan)developed by the State Water Resources Control Board and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.
If the AFP controls are applied as suggested, the costs and administrative burden on cities, marina owners, and marina operators in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties will impact the industry and potentially drive MRA members out of business or out of recreational boating. 
This presentation will summarize the range of compliance requirements and related costs that responsible parties may incur, should the new controls be implemented as suggested. Dr. Anghera provides a unique understanding to the AFP issues and assisted MRA in the development of formal comments to the State Board related to these pending regulations earlier this year.

Shelly Anghera, PhD, Principal Scientist, Moffatt & Nichol

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October 6, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Economic Impact of the Marine Industry and
Boating in

The recreational boating and fishing industry is a major economic player in California, delivering $13 Billion in economic impact to the state each year.  As one of the top 10 boating states in the U.S., recreational boating creates over 40,000 jobs in California and contributes over $2 Billion in GDP. Robert will be discussing boating participation, sales trends and other elements of economic impact resulting from Californian’s passion for boating and fishing.

Robert Newsome, Senior Vice President of Srategy, Engineering Standards & Membership, National Marine Manufacturers Association

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