7th Annual Superyacht Summit

Tuesday March 24, 2020 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Monday, March 23, 2020

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm                          Welcome Reception – Marriott West Palm Beach

Tuesday, March 24, 2020              Marriott West Palm Beach (all day)

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

8:45 am – 9:15 am                           Welcome: 20/20 Vision for Our Industry in 2020 & Beyond

                                                                Kate Pearson, USSA Chairman

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

Cyber Risk Management for C-Suite Executives & Captains: Be Proactive, Not Reactive

moderator: Melissa Orlick, Isotropic Networks

panelists: Ben Dynkin, Atlas Cybersecurity; Corey Ranslem, International Maritime Security Associates; Chris Coleman, Oversea Yacht Insurance; Sean Donnelly, Resolvn

10:15 am – 10:40 am                       Break & Networking

10:45 am - 11:30 am                        General Session #2

Training & Retaining Employees, From Apprentices to Veterans
moderator: Marc Gadbois, Tradesmen International
panelists: James Brewer, Derecktor Shipyard

11:30 am – 12:15 pm                       General Session #3

Understanding Washington: Advocacy Success Stories Proving You Can Make a Difference

moderator: Diane M. Byrne, MegayachtNews.com
Davis Gaddy, Shipbuilders Council of America; Jay Dayton, Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency; Kim Kavin, Imagine Media

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm                         LUNCH

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


TRACK #1 – Marketing
Using Video to Make Your Company a Superyacht Star

Julie Perry, Julie Perry Marketing and Lee Savage, Between Two Yetis


TRACK #2 – Business Management
Show Me the Money: How to Get Federal & State Grants (It’s Easier Than You Think)
John Graykowski, Maritime Industry Consultants & former Deputy Maritime Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation 

TRACK #3 – Ownership & Management
Becoming a Mentor, and Making a Difference: An Interactive Session for Success
moderator: Julia Russell, Young Professionals in Yachting USA
panelists: TBD

2:20 pm - 3:20 pm                            Breakout Sessions Two

TRACK #1 – Marketing
Revolutionize Your Customers’ Experience: Luxury Leaders Share Insight
moderator: Kym Petrie, Driven2b
panelists: Michelle Gamble, Private Jet Services Group; Neal Bateman, Cookson Adventures

TRACK #2 – Business Management
Diversification Nation: Think Bigger to Benefit in Booms and Better Bear Downturns
moderator: Barin Cardenas, YachtCreators       
panelists: TBD

TRACK #3 – Ownership & Management
Contract Clauses & Negotiations: Avoid Legal Pitfalls That Can Sink Your Business, or Your Client’s Yacht                Blair Brogan, Robert Allen Law

3:20 pm – 3:35 pm                           Break & Networking

3:40 pm - 4:40 pm                            Breakout Sessions Three

TRACK #1 – Marketing

Corporate Social Responsibility: Why It’s No Longer a Feel-Good Fad
moderator: Kate Pearson, Safe Harbor Marinas
panelists: Audrey Hodgdon, Hodgdon Yachts, TBD

TRACK #2 – Business & Yacht Management

Well Workplaces: Identifying Employees’ Emotional Triggers, to Improve Engagement
moderator: Victoria Carnevale, MedAire
panelists: Richard Gomez, Medaire, TBD

TRACK #3 – Construction & Refit

Shipyards for Sale: Consolidation Crisis or the New Norm?


4:45 pm – 5:30 pm                           General Session #4

What Owners Really Want: Straight Talk Straight From the Bosses
moderator: Rick Thomas, Nautical Structures
panelists: Bobby Genovese, owner of BG Charade; Brian Schmitt, owner of Hippocampus II

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm                          
Wrap Up and Thanks

5:45 pm – 7:30 pm                           Cocktail Party – Marriott West Palm Beach

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