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Annual Training Conferece and Trade Show- October 11-13

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Join us in San Diego for our 73rd annual event!

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11, 2021  

8:30 AMRegistration Desk Opens for Scripps Institute Tour

9:15 AM

Transportation for the Scripps Institute Tour  Leaves from the Hotel

9:00 AMRegistration Desk Opens for Marina Operations - Marina Electrical and Fire Management

9:30 AM

26th Annual Golf Tournament - Torrey Pines Golf Course

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Marina Operations: Shock Hazards, Code Compliance, and Corrosion in the Marina

Malcolm Morgan

Malcolm Morgan will present a three hour seminar, covering the often misunderstood topics of shock hazards, corrosion, NFPA code compliance, and the potential liability for Harbormasters, Marina Owners, and Managers.

The seminar will cover existing electrical codes and regulations requiring waterfront facilities to do annual electrical inspections, and how to perform these inspections and keep appropriate records. We will review the common tools and methods used to make a few basic tests to check for hazardous conditions.

Malcolm will also discuss how electrolysis and resulting corrosion affect dock systems, vessels, and rapid zinc loss.  The day’s program will also review the proper use of shore power connections, electrical cords and adaptors, and methods of mitigating associated shock and fire risks. Handouts and reference materials will be provided for all attendees.

Malcolm Morgan, Malcom Morgan Marine / M3


11:30 AM - 11:55 AM

Marina Operations: Shock Hazards, Code Compliance, and Corrosion in the Marina Q & A

Noon - 12:55 PMLunch

1:00 PM - 3:30 PMMarina Operations: Fire Management

Harbor Patrol

Sheldon Sandstrom

Marina Operations: Fire Management Topic Description Coming Soon!3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Marina Operations: Fire Management Q & A

1:00 PM - 4:00 PMCAHMPC Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration Desk Opens for Exhibitors

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration Desk Opens for Attendees

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

New Member/Attendee Welcome and Orientation

5:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall 



12, 2021
7:00 AM - 4:30 PMRegistration Desk Open

7:00 AM - 7:55 AMContinental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

President's Welcome (Darryl McConnell Leadership Award and Innovation Awards Presentation)

 Scott RobertsonAndrea LuekerScott Robertson, President, Marine Recreation Association
Andrea Lueker, President,California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains 


8:20 AM - 8:30 AMWelcome to San Diego


TBD8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

General Membership Meeting, Elections, Benefits of MRA & Where MRA has been, Where MRA is Going in the Future
CAHMPC Open Annual Business Meeting, Slate for 2022 and Nominations from the floor

TBDGeneral Membership Meeting Speaker and Topic Description - TBD

8:45 AM - 9:30 AMKeynote Speaker

Ken SeipelKen Seipel, CEO, West Marine

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Coffee Break with the Exhibitors

10:15 AM - 11:10 AMEconomic Forecast

Alan Gin

The U.S. economy has rebounded strongly from 2020’s pandemic-caused economic downturn.  Will that strength continue in 2022?  Will employment return to pre-pandemic levels or will it lag due to many businesses closing their doors?  Will people feel comfortable traveling and interacting again?  Will the housing market remain hot?  What will be the impact of government policy, both on the expenditure and taxation fronts?  Is there danger that the economy will overheat?  What is the outlook for inflation and interest rates?  These questions and their impact on the recreation industry will be addressed in this session.
Alan Gin, Ph.D., School of Business Administration, University of San Diego

11:10 AM - 11:30 AMCalifornia Legislative Update

Beau BillerBeau Biller, Lobbyist, Platinum Advisors

11:30 AM - 11:55 AMNational Legislative Update

TBDNational Legislative Update Speaker and Topic Description - TBD

Noon - 12:55 PMLunch Break with the Exhibitors - Gold Anchor Presentation

1:00 PM - 1:55 PMClassroom Seminars - Sesstion 1:

Topic 1: Status of the Ocean - Statistical and Reflection

Kate PearsonKevin Ketchum

A look back at the year in review and a deeper dive into the state of the industry over the last decade.
Kate pearson, Regional Vice President, Safe Harbor Marinas
Kevin Ketchum, California Yacht Marinas

Topic 2: Climate Change: Effect on Inland Marinas


Climate Change: Effect on Inland Marinas Speaker and Description - TBD

Topic 3: Clean Marine

Becca Gross

Why Becoming a Certified Clean Marina or Boatyard is Important and How to Achieve Becoming a Certified Clean Marina or Boatyard


Becca Gross, Assistant Marina Manager, Cabrillo Way Marina


2:00 PM - 2:55 PMClassroom Seminars - Session 2:

Topic 1: Climate Change: Effect on Coastal Marinas

Dr. Clarissa AndersonDr. Clarissa Anderson, Executive Director of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Topic 2: FBI Threats Briefing / Infragard Membership for the Marine Industry

Agent Parker Scott

FBI Threats Briefing / Infragard Membership for the Marine Industry Topic Description Coming Soon!

Agent Parker Scott

Topic 3: Boat Rental Best Practices

Barbara Galgiani

A review of a working document for boat rental operators of the MRA with suggested policies and procedures for maintaining an effective boat rental business.  This document is based on an initial working group of MRA members representing boat rental facilities statewide.

Barbara Galgiani, Sales Executive, LP Insurance Services, Inc.

3:00 PM - 3:25 PMRefreshments with the Exhibitors

3:30 PM - 4:25 PMClassroom Seminars – Session 3:

Topic 1: Future Trends in Boat Design: Is Your Marina Prepared to Accommodate the Boat of the Future

TBDFuture Trends in Boat Design: Is Your Marina Prepared to Accommodate the Boat of the Future Topic Description Coming Soon!

Topic 2: Anticipated Expansion of Copper Limits in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties Through Anti-fouling Paint Controls Panel

Shelly Anghera

USEPA and the State of California adopted water quality limits for copper. Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and other regulatory mechanisms work to limit the use of copper to meet water quality limits. The controls require all stakeholders to be involved in limiting the copper uses. Cities, counties, marina owners/operators, individual boat owners, underwater hull cleaners, and boatyard owners/operators are to develop their own plan to meet water quality limits for copper through conversion to low leach rate copper or non-copper antifouling boat paint and hull cleaning best management practices.

MRA is participating as an active stakeholder in the regulatory process to communicate boater concerns and gain a early understanding of the emerging compliance requirements. Recently the Los Angeles and Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Boards identified copper reduction efforts as priority actions in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange Counties. The Los Angeles Regional Board plans to develop a conditional waiver of waste discharge requirements (WDRs) for the discharge of biocides from boats. The presenters will summarize current and planned copper reduction strategies for Southern California coastal waters.

Shelly Anghera, PhD, Principal Scientist, Moffatt & Nichol, Moderator

Topic 3: CAHMPC Annual Business Meeting, Elections, Swearing in of 2022 Board of  Directors and Awards


4:30 PM - 5:25 PMProfessionalism in the Marina/Harbor Industry and How it as Changed in the Past Decade

 Kate Pearson

Professionalism in the Marina/Harbor Industry and How it as Changed in the Past Decade Topic Description Coming Soon!

 Andrea Lueker 

5:30 PM - 7:30 PMWine Tasting & Craft Beer Reception in Exhibit Hall



13, 2021
7:00 AM - 2:00 PMRegistration Desk Open

7:30 AM - 8:25 AMContinental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30 AM - 9:25 AM

Keynote Speaker

TBDKeynote Speaker - TBD

9:30 AM - 10:25 AMState of the Industry

TBDState of the Industry Speaker - TBD

10:30 AM - 10:55 AMCoffee Break with the Exhibitors

11:00 AM - 11:55 AMClassroom Seminars – Session 1:

Topic 1: ADA Web Accessibility Lawsuits

Michael Wales

Recently, a number of maritime businesses have been the recipients of demand letters and/or lawsuits alleging their websites are not accessible to persons with visual disabilities.  Typically,  the initial demands seek a settlement of $5,500, which includes the minimum statutory penalty of $4,000 plus attorney’s fees of $1,500.  These claims are made for violations of California’s Unruh Act,  enacted in 1959 and named for its author, Jesse M. Unruh. The Unruh Civil Rights Act is codified as California Civil Code Section 51.  Some pro-plaintiff ADA lawyers have made it their business model to use this Act to their financial advantage.

The Unruh Civil Rights Act  provides that all persons are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever.  In 1992, the Unruh Act was amended to provide that “[a] violation of the right of any individual under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990… shall also constitute a violation of this section The Ninth Circuit has since held that violating the ADA is a per se violation of the Unruh Act.

Michael Wales will discuss which website content accessibility guidelines apply; how the Courts interpret and apply the ADA and the Unruh Act; how to respond to a demand or lawsuit; potential  defenses; and how to avoid being a victim of one of these lawsuits.

Michael G. Wales, Esq., Southern California Maritime Lawyer, The Wales Law Firm, P.C.

Topic 2: Customer Service Excellence

Speaker TBDSpeaker and Description - TBD

Topic 3: Covid-19 Topic

Robert SmithCovid-19 Topic Description Coming Soon!

12:00 PM - 12:55 PMLunch Break with the Exhibitors

1:00 PM - 1:55 PMClassroom Seminars - Session 2:

Topic 1:  Understanding the Differences: Named Insured vs Additional Insured Uninsured Boater vs Underinsured Boater

Gregg Reynolds

Every marina requires some sort of insurance certificate from their tenants. However, many don’t fully understand the difference between what a named insured and an additional insured as well as the difference between uninsured and underinsured. This workshop will help marina owner and staff understand the differences. We will look at standard policy language that exists in all proper marine contracts.

Gregg Reynolds, CMIP, Global Marine Insurance Agency

Topic 2: Dealing With Unhinged Boat Owners and War Stories (Part II)

Phil Weiss

Most marina owners and operators occasionally encounter unbalanced boat owners who engage in unacceptable, often bizarre conduct, including: harassing or threatening fellow tenants, berthing boats without permission, abusive or threatening interaction with marina staff members, releasing effluent into the water, posting or otherwise communicating false and defamatory information regarding the marina, living aboard without permission (sneak aboards), engaging in major vessel repairs/work, filing of bogus lawsuits, drunken/impaired operation of vessels, unauthorized relocation of vessels from assigned slips, chartering boats without permission, loud/disruptive parties, defecating in marina showers, using a vessel as a brothel, using boats as floating hotels, and intentionally damaging marina property.

In addition to discussing the manner in which to handle such unacceptable conduct, Mr. Weiss will regale attendees with “war stories” occurring since his last “war stories” presentation (in the MRA’s 48th Annual Conference in October, 2019). Attendees’ active participation is encouraged and will be greatly appreciated. 

Philip E. Weiss, Esq., Brodsky, Micklow, Bull & Weiss, LLP

Topic 3: New Innovations in Watersports

Jimmy Redmon

New Innovations in Watersports Description Coming Soon!

Jimmy Redmon

2:00 PM - 2:55 PMClassroom Seminars – Session 3:

Topic 1: Protecting Your Marina and Boatyard from Uninsured or Underinsured, Vendors and Contractors to Avoid Potential Lawsuits - How to Verify and Interpret Insurance Coverage

James R. ObergProtecting Your Marina and Boatyard from Uninsured or Underinsured, Vendors and Contractors to Avoid Potential Lawsuits - How to Verify and Interpret Insurance Coverage - Description Coming Soon!
James R. Oberg, Douglas K. Smith Marine Insurance Services, Inc.

Topic 2: Grow Recreational Boating Panel: How to Take Care of Entry Level Boaters

Dan HasbrouckTBD

The industry has seen a renewed interest in boating, how do we keep this pace of momentum in the future and continue to grow recreational boating?

Dan Hasbrouck


Topic 3: Coast Guard- smuggling, search and rescue, etc.

TBDCoast Guard- smuggling, search and rescue, etc. - Speaker and Topic Description Coming Soon!

 3:00 PM - 3:30 PMMRA Board Meeting

 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

CAHMPC 2021/2022 Board of Directors Meeting, all members are welcome to attend. Vote on 2022 Parliamentarian, President to appoint committee for Honorary Membership for 2022, 2021/2022 Officers and Board exchange information



Disclaimer: The speakers, presentations, and presentation times listed in this
schedule may change. MRA cannot guarantee that all presentations will be
included in the conference proceedings.