Sixth Annual Superyacht Summit

April 9, 2019 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Monday, April 8, 2019

5:30 – 7:30 pm                     Chairman’s Welcome Reception – Location TBD

Tuesday, April 9, 2019   Broward County Convention Center

8:00 – 8:45 am                          Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 am – 9:15 am                 Welcome, and the State of the Industry Update

Kate Pearson, USSA Chairman

9:15 am – 10:15 am                   General Session #1

Born in the USA: Getting Americans to Think American for New Builds & Refit
moderator: Rick Thomas, Nautical Structures
panelists: Aaron Leatherwood, RMK Merrill Stevens; Jim Ruffolo, Burger Boat Company; John Venables, Naiad Maritime Group

10:15 am – 10:30 am                BREAK AND NETWORKING

10:30 am – 11:15 am                 General Session #2

Surviving the Insurance Storm: How Rising Risk Aversion Among Underwriters Could Kill Your Coverage
moderator: Kerry Gonzalez, AMG Insurance International
panelists: Sean Blue, AIG Worldwide; Debbie O’Sullivan, Markel USA; Christine Mayor, Travelers Insurance

11:15 am – 11:45 pm               General Session #3 – Keynote Address

The America’s Cup & Beyond: Creating a Lasting Legacy in American Boatbuilding & Design
Keynote Speaker: Justin Shaffer, CEO, Stars & Stripes Team USA

11:45 pm – 1:15 pm             Networking Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm               Breakout Sessions One

TRACK #1 – Marketing

Analyzing Your Marketing Plan—Do You Really Have a Strategy?
Anco Kok, AK Marketeers

TRACK #2 – Business & Yacht Management

Workplace Wellness: Managing Cultural & Generational Clashes, Harassment, & More, While Protecting the Bottom Line
moderator: Victoria Carnivale, MedAire
panelists: Alycia McGlone, ANM Maritime Solutions Group; Robert Quigley, International SOS Assistance and MedAire; Eleanor T. Lawrence, Human Dynamics

TRACK #3 – Ownership & Charter

Yachting’s Future Is Now: The Sharing Economy’s Impact
panelists: Glen Allen, Fleet Miami; Louis Chemi, Freedom Boat Club; Herman Pundt, Denison Yacht Sales 

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm                  Breakout Sessions Two

TRACK #1 – Marketing

Let’s Connect: Leveraging LinkedIn for Advertising & Promotion
Julie Perry, Digital Marketing Strategist

TRACK #2 – Advocacy

How to Engage Your Elected Officials: Straight Talk From the Sources Themselves
moderator: Vicki Abernathy, AERE Marine Group
panelists: Local, State and Federal Congressional Representatives

TRACK #3 – Workforce Development

Land Ho: Creating Career Opportunities for Crew Coming Ashore, and Tapping Their Potential
moderator: Ami Ira, Bluewater USA
panelists: Matt Haack, Domestic Estate Management Association; Marc Gadbois, Tradesman International; Joe Hartmann, SafeSky Group

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm                Break & Networking

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm             Breakout Sessions Three

        TRACK #1 – Business Management

Propelling the Power of Women: Thought Leadership, Industry Influence, & Mentoring Rising Stars
moderator: Kym Petrie, Axxess Marine
panelists: Danielle Butler, Luxury Law Group; Captain Val Doan; Jenny Wicker, Rick Obey and Associates

TRACK #2 – Marketing

       How to Build Successful Ad Campaigns on Facebook and Instagram
       Maria McGowan, Sociable Media

TRACK #3 – Business Development

Refit America: Promoting Our Repair Industry Before We Get Replaced on the Global Stage
moderator: Kate Pearson, Safe Harbor Marinas
panelists: pending final confirmation

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm              General Session #4

International Trade War: Is It a Business Killer, or an Opportunity?
moderator: Julie Balzano, NMMA

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm             Wrap Up and Thank Yous

5:15 pm – 7:30 pm              Cocktail Party

Please note: All moderators and panelists are subject to additions/change as we get closer to the Superyacht Summit

Much more than expected.

It was more than I expected. It is not often that you leave an event feeling that you got more than your money’s worth! There was something for everyone. Excellent programming, food, atmosphere and great networking with devoted industry people.

—Marc Gadbois, Tradesmen International

A breath of fresh air in the stifling world of yacht conferences.

Wow, a breath of fresh air in the somewhat stifling world of yacht conferences. The USSA sponsored Superyacht Summit was not only refreshing in composition and great for networking, but gave you meaningful information to take away for use in your everyday business.

—Diane Byrne, Megayacht News