Please join us on March 31, 2020 for the 5th annual "California Boating Congress." This event is where the marine, boating and sportfishing community come to Sacramento to advocate on issues affecting this important part of our State’s economy and culture. There will be industry and government leaders speaking in the morning and participants will have the chance to meet with their Legislators in the afternoon. Don't miss this opportunity to affect boating policy in California!"
Hyatt Regency | 1209 L St, Sacramento
Sacramento CA 95814
Rooms are available on Monday, March 30, 2020 for those of you who will be arriving early or plan to stay after the Welcome Reception. PLEASE make your reservations no later than Monday, March 9, 2020 as there are many events going on in Sacramento at this time.Reservations can be made, modified or canceled online at https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/SACRA/G-CBC3 or by calling 888.233.14234. Please let them know that you are with the California Boating Congress
Room rates are $219 plus tax for
single or double occupancy
*To Avoid 1 Night Room and Tax Fee Cancel 48 hours Prior to Check In Time
Monday, March 30, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Opening Night Legislative Reception
Opening Night Legislative Reception Cocktails sponsored by:
Welcome Reception Hor D'oeuvres Sponsored by:
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
7:30 AM Registration Desk Opens
Registration Coffee sponsored by::
8:30 AM Welcome – Scott Robertson, President, MRA
Welcome to Sacramento
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM - Economic Impact of the Marine Industry and Boating in California
“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 Newsome, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Engineering Standards & Membership for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), 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, Strategy, Engineering Standards & Membership, National Marine Manufacturers Association
Keynote Speaker Sponsored by:
9:30 – 10:00 AM - Recreational Fishing: Reforming Licensing Programs, Nevada’s Success Story
Nevada’s first thought when beginning its license simplification program was to ask the question “How can we better serve our customers?” Keeping the customers first, Nevada created a simplified system that was better understood by its current customers and more relevant in today’s electronic society that the customers of the younger generations thrive in. By creating a transparent, automatic renewal system and transitioning from a license active through calendar year to one active 365 days from purchase, Nevada has optimized its way keeping existing customers and become more appealing for newer ones.
Jack Robb, Deputy Director, Nevada Department of Wildlife
10:00 AM -10:15 AM - Coffee Break
Coffee Break Coffee Sponsored by: Coffee Break Baked Goods Sponsored by:
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM - CA Sales/Use Taxes – A Competitive Disadvantage?
As California’s recreational boating industry faces economic challenges and competition from neighboring ports, states, regions and countries, the high cost of taxation looms large.
Middle and high income residents are fleeing the state for more reasonable tax environments. Boat and accessory manufacturers have all but disappeared, and now savvy states are reducing sales and use taxes for boats and yachts, drawing our boaters and their cash elsewhere, impacting our brokers & dealers, boatyards, chandleries, service providers, lenders, insurers, marinas, fuel docks, and a myriad of other businesses that rely on a robust recreational boating industry.
Can California compete? Can we bring the revenues and jobs back, and defend the ones we haven’t lost yet? The CYBA has some ideas. Join us and share your thoughts.
Tony Faso, Owner, Delta Marine Yacht Center & Delta Marine Sales
Dean A. West, Owner, Dean A. West Marine Enterprises
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM - The Value of a Department of Recreation
Engage in the conversation about creating a new state department for boating and outdoor recreation. With the increasing importance of boating and outdoor recreation to Californians and our economy, our communities deserve a Department of Recreation that enhances the outdoor recreation experience.The independent, dedicated, sustainable, non-general fund sources of monies that boats and off-highway vehicles pay to the state can be dedicated to programs and services that grow recreation.
Kevin Ketchum, California Yacht Marina
Randy Short, President & CEO, Almar Management, Inc.
Meeting Room Sponsored by:
11:15 AM - 11:40 AM - Round Table with all Speakers
11:40 AM – 11:55 AM - Legislative Summary & Legislator Meeting Instructions - Beau Biller, Lobbyist, Platinum Advisors
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM - Meetings at the Capitol
CBC Staff will also schedule your meeting for you. Because some participants will be more comfortable in group meetings, CBC staff will be scheduling group meetings based on the districts represented by the participants that RSVP to attend. If you want CBC to schedule meetings with your representative you MUST RSVP BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020. This is critical as there are many demands on the schedule of Legislators and it is very difficult to get a meeting last minute. If you are unable to RSVP by that date, you will need to schedule your own meeting.
Jerry Desmond, Esq.
Jerry Desmond is the legislative advocate who serves as the Director of Government Affairs for Recreational Boaters of California [RBOC].
Tony lives in Stockton, Ca and has family throughout the great state of California. He enjoys spending time with his family on the water and playing sports. He has cruising experience up and down the West Coast from Glacier Bay, Alaska to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. His other open-water adventures have taken him from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Mamaroneck, NY for a long family vacation.
Mr. Ketchum is responsible for strategic planning, analysis and implementation associated with the acquisition, development, and management of a real estate portfolio which includes marina, self-storage, industrial, and office and retail properties. California Yacht Marina owns and operates five Southern California marinas with over 2,000 slips located in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties. Kevin is also the immediate past president of the MRA.
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.
Randy was appointed to the Boating and Waterways Commission, by Governor Brown, in 2014. He was the Chairman of the Commission until 2019 when his term expired. Randy has been the President/CEO and a principle with Almar Management Inc. and Almar Marinas for 18 years. He has designed, developed, constructed and managed marinas of all sizes both domestically and internationally for more than 30 years. The many projects include the renowned Marina Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and the beautiful Ko Olina Marina in Hawaii just to name a few. He is a past president of MRA and many other professional organizations.
Dean A. West
DEAN A. WEST has been in yacht sales since 1980, beginning as a salesman on Shelter Island in San Diego, then spending 20 years with THE CROW’S NEST- San Diego, before leaving to start his own company, DEAN A. WEST MARINE ENTERPRISES. In 2006 he joined with the international brokerage firm of MERRILL-STEVENS YACHTS to assist them in opening a California office, then moved on to assume the position of Chief Operating Officer for Honor Marine Electronics, a diverse electronics firm servicing the yacht, commercial, fishing and military markets. Today Dean focuses exclusively on his yacht brokerage business, representing buyers and sellers, managing client’s boats, and offering consulting services on new construction, chartering, rebuild/renovation, expert testimony, and marine insurance. Dean has conducted new boat and brokerage boat transactions throughout the US, as well as Mexico and Canada.