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Keynote Sessions:

Finding Fun in Your Work
Robyn Schopp, Gordeaux Consulting

Having fun at work sounds like a nice benefit of a solid workplace, but in today’s business environment, it’s become an essential business value. When people have fun at work, they are more engaged, productive, and can create better experiences for customers and clients. Learn about three types workplace fun you can find and foster in your workplace to create a better environment for your team, which will support stronger results for your organization.    

Love & Leadership: Create Superheroes and Unleash Productivity to Get Epic Shit Done

How to Positively Disrupt Your Mind & Business 

In this session you with bestselling author Tony Rubleski, he will share:

*The many benefits of a positive mindset to improve both your life and business

*How to stand out and get attention in a 9-second attention span world

*Daily gratitude and the power of humor to attract and retain key employees 

*Why attitude is essential to gaining more referrals and repeat business

Electrifying Michigan’s Waterways
Warren Call, Traverse Connect

Learn about the Fresh Coast Corridor and The Fresh Coast Maritime Challenge, a first-of-its-kind program in the United States that puts Michigan at the forefront of decarbonization and electrification of recreational boating and marina innovation. 

DNR: Boating Update
Ron Olson, MI DNR 
Ron will join our event to give an update on boating in Michigan from the DNR perspective addressing:

1. The Literature Review on Wake Boat Studies from Fisheries ​

2. What did law enforcement team see on the waters this season.  

3. Any plans for increased boating access sites or improvements to access sites. 

4. The Michigan State Waterways Commission resolution to increase boating registration fees to support boating access sites across the state of Michigan.

5. How MBIA member marinas can help identify where state marinas need to increase slip rates and fuel prices to allow for commercial marinas to stay in business.

Breakout Sessions:

Building Blocks of Success
Greg Coyne, Sandler Training

Having a vision for your business and a plan to achieve them is pivotal to the success of any leader.  What is yours?  What is the vision for your people?

In his talk, Greg Coyne will take you through the stumbling blocks to success.  Why so many leaders get it wrong and what you can do to make it right.  You will walk away with action steps to create your vision, build goals around that vision, and develop a plan to execute on them.  If you don’t have a map, you can’t get to where you want to go.  Are you tired of wishing you had a better plan?  Come to this session to build a better way

MI Clean Marina Program and Aquatic Invasive Species Management 

Mark Breederland, Brian Kelley and Lauren Denby 
Having clean, safe water is essential for recreational boating, and there are many environmental challenges facing marina owners today. Our presenters will address challenges our industry has faced this past year and how we can learn from these for the future. Some issues to be discussed will include program progress, invasive species, pump outs, grant opportunities and shrink wrap recycling. Existing resources and educational tools will be shared.

What on Earth is Going on With FUEL?
Torre Miller, Diesel Fuel Doctor

Engines are more sophisticated and demand more from fuel than ever.

But, what about the Fuels themselves??  What's new with them?  What's happening with gasoline, Diesel, renewable Fuels, and electric power?

How do we service fuel related issues?  How can we limit potential liability for marinas that sell fuel?

And war stories.  Yours, and ours!  Let's talk about how to fix boaters fuel problems, and how to avoid them to begin with!

Communication as a Tool for Fostering Fun Workplaces
Robyn Schopp, Gordeaux Consulting

Learn why strong communication practices support authentically and productively fun environments in your workplace. Whether it’s individual conversations or strategic communication systems, fostering conversation is the foundation for helping people have fun at work in a variety of ways.

Protecting Your Business

Maddin Hauser Attorneys

This session will address a myriad of issues that could affect marine businesses and give you advice and the know-how to protect yours!
(1) Employment - discussing seasonal employment issues and retaining top talent

(2) Land and other issues - including riparian rights, brokerage and land issues

(3) Consumer issues - dealer, warranty and general consumer claims

If you have any specific questions regarding these topics that you would like addressed at this session, please feel free to email prior to November 22. 

Trade Show Selling
Greg Coyne, Sandler Training

Most salespeople and leaders get ready for a trade show, but what does that really mean?  Did you know that 75% of all leads at a trade show are not follow-up on?  Most people do not start with the end in mind. 

Greg Coyne will take you through “Trade Show Selling,” a session that will prepare you for the pre-show activities necessary, the actual show itself and the post show activities, to make every show a success.  Attendees will walk away with a plan to take their exhibition to the next level.  Get REAL leads that you can turn into business and never let a lead go unfulfilled again.

Optional Add-On

Exclusive VIP Tour of Michigan State Men's Basketball Facilities and Offices! Click here to reserve your spot 
Join us on the 29th or 30th to explore the basketball offices & practice facilities, Draymond Green Strength & Conditioning Center, Tom Izzo Hall of History and more. Secure your spot by filling out the form below. If you have any questions, contact Cedes Powers at 810-869-6440. Cedes is a proud recipient of the Gregory P. Krueger Scholarship awarded by the MBIA and worked as the Operations Coordinator for the MSU Men's Basketball Team. She continues her career in the boating industry at Walstrom Marine and Grand Bay Marine. Go Green!

Award Presentation 

Each year the MBIA awards their highest honors during RBEC to deserving leaders in the industry. Stay tuned as recipients are announced for:

Ray L. Underwood Lifetime Achievement Awards:

  • Harold Hall - Hall's Sports Center

  • Gary Mitter, Wonderland Marine West

  • Karl Schmidt, Sassy Marina

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