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5th Annual California Boating Congress Video Here


The past year has been a challenge to say the least, and the marine industry has experienced both pitfalls and opportunities. To meet these head-on the Marine Recreation Association is again sponsoring the California Boating Congress, bringing together the marine industry and boating community to advocate for this important part of our economy and culture.

With COVID still impacting our ability to meet directly with our legislators and regulators, this year’s CBC will be held in a virtual format on March 17, 2021, from 9 AM to 12 Noon PDT . . . Planning for 2030 & Beyond.

PLANNING FOR TWENTY THIRTY AND BEYOND Our Legislators are developing new initiatives today to limit and ultimately eliminate gasoline and diesel engines in California. The 2021 California Boating Congress will focus on understanding and responding to the potential impact of these measures on recreational boating and the marine industry, and more importantly how we can influence those initiatives through our representatives and regulators.

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5th Annual California Boating Congress Video Here


Wednesday,  March  17, 2021

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Barbara Galgiani, MRA Board Member  

9:15 AM – 9:35 AM

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2030 and Beyond – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California’s leader for job growth, economic development, and business assistance efforts. California leads the nation in zero-emission passenger and goods movement. Our system of incentives, regulations, workforce development, and active stakeholder engagement is designed to enable industry to deliver the technologies and scale we need to secure a prosperous, clean, and climate friendly future. GO-Biz has a team specifically dedicated to cultivating opportunities to accelerate zero-emission vehicle market growth. We welcome companies and ideas of all types and remain dedicated to success both inside and outside of California.

Tyson Eckerle is lead staff for the ZEV team and will discuss the Governor’s executive order and the charge his Agency has been given to shepherd the State towards the goals outlined in the EO.

Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director, Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development, California Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development

9:40 AM – 10:25  AM

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State of the Marine Industry and the Future of Recreational Boating – NMMA President, Frank Hugelmeyer, and NMMA SVP of Operations, Robert Newsome, will be discussing the current state of the boating industry, and how both current challenges and opportunities will shape the future of recreational boating in California and across the United States.

Frank Hugelmeyer, President, National Marine Manufacturers Association
Robert Newsome, Senior Vice President of Operations, National Marine Manufacturers Association

10:30 AM – 10:55 AM

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Copper Paint Regulations Update: Charting a Course 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, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), and the Santa Ana RWQCB. MRA provided comments to the State and Regional Water Boards in 2020 and requesting clarification on the type of management actions marina owners and marina operators may anticipate. This presentation will summarize the range of compliance requirements that may be expected, an update on ATF issues in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties. 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 proposed ATF controls.

Shelly Anghera, PhD, Coastal, Water, & Environmental Technical Director, Moffatt & Nichol

11:00 AM – 11:25 AM

Division of Boating and Waterways Update on Programs – 
Ramona Fernandez, Acting Deputy Director, Division of Boating and Waterways

11:30 AM – 11:55 AM

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Legislative Summary – 
Beau Biller, Lobbyist, Platinum Advisors
Jerry Desmond, Lobbyist, Desmond and Desmond
Mark Smith, Lobbyist, Smith Policy Group

11:55 AM – Noon

Closing Remarks – 
Barbara Galgiani, MRA Board Member  


Barbara Galgiani
LP Insurance Service, LLC
11249 Gold Country Blvd.,
Gold River, CA  95670

Barbara is a longtime insurance broker and risk manager working with many marina and resort operators.  She has extensive knowledge on risk sharing techniques and loss prevention.  She holds the CPCU, CIC, CRM, CWCA designations and has taught multiple insurance programs for the American Insurance Institute.  She thrives on complex operations and contractual requirements.

LP Insurance Services is a dynamic insurance brokerage headquartered in Reno, NV with 8 offices located throughout the lower western states.  We focus on providing both insurance and risk management solutions to the business community.

In her spare time, she supports Hospice of San Joaquin, a non-profit in the central valley providing end of life care to the terminally ill and their families, by raising the necessary funds to maintain the county’s only Hospice House.

Tyson Eckerle
Deputy Director
Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development
California Governor's Office of Business &
Economic Development

Tyson Eckerle serves as the Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). In this role, he leads a team focused on scaling the zero emission vehicle market by organizing stakeholder efforts to remove market barriers, create opportunities, and streamline development. Prior to joining GO-Biz, Tyson served as Executive Director of Energy Independence Now, a non-profit dedicated to action-oriented solutions to petroleum dependence and climate change. 

Tyson holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Frank Hugelmeyer
National Marine Manufacturers Association

231 S. Lasalle Street, Suite 2050
Chicago, IL, 60604


Frank Hugelmeyer is president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. 
He has more than 30 years of experience in the sporting goods, fitness and
outdoor recreation sectors along with an extensive background in retail,
manufacturing, brand development, public policy and trade association management.

Prior to National Marine Manufacturers Association, Hugelmeyer was president at
RV Industry Association and co-chairman for Go RVing. Before that, he was the
longtime president and CEO of Outdoor Industry Association where he inspired and
led the renowned campaign that defined the economic importance of the $734 billion
outdoor recreation industry for the first time in U.S. history. 
Frank lives in northern Virginia near Washington D.C. and maintains a home in Colorado.
His leisure time is spent in the outdoors usually boating, sport and fly fishing.

Robert Newsome
Senior Vice President of Strategy,
Engineering Standards & Membership
National Marine Manufacturers Association
231 S LaSalle St, Suite 2050 
Chicago, IL 60604

Robert Newsome is the Senior Vice President of Strategy, Engineering Standards & Membership for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), responsible the development and implementation of organizational strategies to support the recreational marine industry, overall membership activities, the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) program, and product certification (NMMA Certified) programs for boats, yachts, PWC and boat trailers.

Robert serves on the Board of Directors of the National Safe Boating Council and the Technical Board of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), and represents the marine industry in standards development and technical issues through numerous technical committees of ABYC, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO),

Robert has authored and presented on numerous industry, safety and technical topics prevalent to today’s recreational marine industry and boater safety, and additionally serves as a spokesperson for the Discover Boating program.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Robert is an avid power boater, fisherman and a life-long sailor on Lake Michigan and the lakes of the Midwest.

Shelly Anghera, PhD
Coastal, Water, & Environmental Technical Director,
Moffatt & Nichol
630 Grand Avenue, Suite D
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Shelly has more than 20 years of experience conducting field and laboratory studies related to eco-toxicology and water and sediment quality characterization. Her expertise centers on field study design, water and sediment testing and analysis, implementation strategies for dredged material management, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) compliance, and application of California’s Sediment Quality Objectives (SQOs). She has supported the City of Newport Beach, City of Long Beach, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Port of Los Angeles, and Port of Long Beach in the development of unique water quality compliance strategies.

PHD, Environmental Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, and BS, Aquatic Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ramona Fernandez
Acting Deputy Director,
Division of Boating and Waterways

P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001


A native Californian who grew up camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, and immediately started working as a civil servant.

She has worked in several state agencies with over 30 years of state service. Desiring to return to the outdoors, in 2006, she secured a position at the Department of Parks and Recreation. In 2013, she joined the Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW), where she was instrumental in providing stability, guidance and conformity to the operation of DBW as a Division within State Parks.  As the Boating Operations Chief, she managed the boating operations unit. She has served as second in command for DBW, providing leadership, oversight, accountability, stability and management of day-to-day operations for the Deputy Director.

In November 2017, she was ask to serve as DBW’s Acting Deputy Director, which she is still fulfilling.  

She is California’s Boating Law Administrator, (BLA) and represents California on a national level with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), an organization comprised of all 50 states and the U.S. territories.  She served on the board of the Western Boating Administrator Association (WSBAA) comprised of 15 states and 6 territories.  She was a subject matter expert and participant in the Department’s first Leadership Development Program.

She was the recipient of the 2016 Boating Professional of the Year award on a national level and in 2014 received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her personal leadership in the significant improvement of the AWAF and VTIP programs from the California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains. She continues to seek opportunities or work towards better business practices to ensure boating programs and services are enhanced and relevant.

Beau Biller
Platinum Advisors

1215 K Street, Suite 1150
Sacramento, CA 95814

With nearly 30 years of experience in state and federal government, Mr. Biller spent the last 20 years working in the transportation arena.  He ran the California Trucking Association’s (CTA) Government Affairs/Public Relations operation from 1997-2004 and, upon joining Platinum in 2004, is the lead lobbyist for the world’s largest trucking company – United Parcel Service (UPS), as well as the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.  Biller’s interface with state government allows him access to staff and appointees from the Governor’s Cabinet level transportation leads all the way down to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) where he advocated for the CTA on diesel toxic air contaminant regulations that would have subjected diesel users to Proposition 65.  Mr. Biller acts as the lead lobbyists for numerous clients with transportation interests, ranging from Design-Build and Performance-Based Infrastructure (formerly Public Private Partnerships) to highways/local streets and roads and High-Speed Rail.

In 1990 he served United States Senator Pete Wilson in the Defense and Foreign Affairs Department. Once Senator Wilson won election as California’s Governor, Beau returned to his home state and began working for Assemblyman Bill Filante (R-Marin).

In 1992, Beau served as Legislative Staff and Committee Consultant for the Minority Ways and Means Committee specializing in budget appropriations. In 1995, Biller served as Committee Consultant for the Chairman of the Banking and Finance Committee. In addition, Beau served as campaign manager for the successful Assembly and Senate Campaigns for Bruce McPherson (Assembly 1994 and Senate 1996).

Beau then joined the California Trucking Association in 1997 as Director of Legislative Affairs and in-house Lobbyist. Beau specialized in goods movement issues and helped re-write the commercial weight fee law, saving the industry hundreds of millions of dollars.

Beau received a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, San Diego.

Jerry Desmond, Esq.
Director of Government Relations
Recreational Boaters of California


925 L Street, Suite 260

Sacramento, CA 95814

916.441.4166 fax 916.441.3520









Jerry Desmond is the legislative advocate who serves as the Director of Government Affairs for Recreational Boaters of California [RBOC].

Jerry works with the RBOC President Dan Hodge and the board of directors to establish and implement a government affairs program that includes personal relationships in the State Capitol, active advocacy, and a strong grassroots program that enables the recreational boating community to be engaged and effective on the public policy issues that impact boating.

Since it was established by PICYA together with SCYA 51 years ago, RBOC has protected and enhanced boating interests on legislation and regulations that impact every aspect of boating. Recent RBOC efforts include:

  • Supporting the timely completion and publication of the legislative audit investigating BCDC’s enforcement activities, adherence to its mission, funding and operational needs and structure.

  • Opposing the California WaterFix that, as revised to one tunnel, would still significantly impede navigation and harm Delta recreation.

  • Urging the Governor to appoint a Deputy Director of DBW who has the vision, leadership, authority, oversight, accountability and transparency to ensure that boating programs and services are continued and enhanced.

  • Supporting legislation to provide that a sport fishing license is valid for 12 consecutive months, instead of a calendar year.

  • Supporting the goal of legislation promoting sustainable outdoor recreation as well as economic development and job growth within the outdoor recreation economy, provided that the proposed new office does not tap into boater funds utilized for other programs.

Mark Smith
Smith Policy Group
1001 K Street, 6th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Smith Policy Group is a bi-coastal policy consulting and advocacy firm specializing in helping clients strategically design legislative, budget, and regulatory strategies to meet their programmatic goals and policy priorities.  Headquartered in California, Mark guides clients through the state and federal legislative process and helps them develop policy positions, establish relationships with key legislative offices and agencies, establish and access funding programs, and build and manage coalitions.

Prior to founding SPG, Mark was a Senior Policy Advisor at Environmental and Energy Consulting and Conservation Strategy Group. Before that, Mark was the Western Region Director of Public Policy for Ducks Unlimited, where he directed local, state, and federal policy and strategy for nine western states.  He previously worked as a in-house lobbyist for one of the state’s largest investor owned utilities, and represented ACEC California for 6 years as their in-house lobbyist.  He has also worked as a Legislative Director in both the California Senate and Assembly. 

Mark has also used his deep policy expertise in drafting Propositions 1, 1E, and 84 and served in a leadership capacity on the Proposition 68 campaign, focused on securing a successful vote on this $4.1B bond.  Mark has successfully raised hundreds of millions of dollars for client priorities and helped manage and win campaigns generating billions for water, natural resources, and infrastructure.

Mark graduated with an MBA from University of California, Davis’ Graduate School of Management, and a BS in Microbiology from University of California, Davis. He is an adjunct professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He lives in Sacramento.

Legislative Information Document Links


Here are some Fact sheet Links & other Legislative information

AB 335
AB 337
AB 554
AB 564
AB 591
AB 817
AB 826
AB 1500
SB 285
SB 470

Legislative Summary Speakers

Beau Biller - Lobbyist, Platinum Advisors
Recreational Boaters of California

Jerry Desmond - Lobbyist, Desmond and Desmond
National Marine Manufacturers Association

Mark Smith - Lobbyist, Smith Policy Group

Marine Recreation Association
California Yacht Brokers Association
California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains

17 Mar 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm PDT

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