The staff of Marine
Electronics Journal greatly
appreciates the time and
effort contributed by
the following NMEA
members to maintaining
the magazine’s high
ComMar Sales Inc.
Marina del Rey, CA
George Ensley Jr.
Ensley’s Radio Co.
New Bern, NC
St. Pete Beach, FL
United Radio Service
Gordon West’s Radio School
Costa Mesa, CA
Bethel Marine Electronics
Hon Secretary to British
Marine Electrical &
Hello members! Are you thinking about attending the NMEA Conference & Expo? Are you on the fence? Is it tough to justify the cost? These are valid questions to ask as a business owner.
The first question I would ask back is how many years has it been since you
last attended a NMEA Conference? If your answer is five years or more, I will tell
you that the Conference has taken a “180” from strictly an expo with manufacturer
booths to a jam-packed three-day run of 50% expo and 50% training sessions. We
are back in the Pacific Northwest this year (Bellevue, WA, Hilton Hotel, Sept. 26-
28), and I along with the NMEA Board of Directors are very excited. The last
NMEA Conference in this area was 2009 in Seattle.
The extensive training sessions started back at the 2012 Orlando, FL, conference. We followed the CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Assoc.)
model of how they put on their conference. This was a success that we have built
on for the past several years with various business and installation tracks.
Our approach allows different types of employees from your business to attend and get the most out of
the NMEA Conference. For example, your office manager can go to the business track while your techs
attend the technical track. Your installer can participate in the day-long installer training courses (at a 50%
discount from the regular price when you purchase a full registration—only offered at the conference). Your
sales manager can attend the manufacturer-specific training sessions. When the training sessions end, your
whole team can head into the manufacturer expo hall and check out all the new hot products.
The three-day schedule is designed so there is no overlap time between when the expo is open and when
the training sessions are going on. In other words, when education sessions are happening, ( 8 am to 2: 45
pm) the expo hall is closed, and when the expo hall opens (2: 45 pm to 8 pm each day), the training sessions
are closed. This results in maximum attendance at both the training sessions and in the expo hall.
What about cost? The full Conference registration cost for NMEA members of $495 gives you three days
of food (continental breakfast, buffet lunch, buffet dinner) and access to all hour-and-15-minute education
sessions plus the expo hall. This is a great deal compared to other association conferences I have attended
that charge double that. And trust me—we do not skimp on the food. Good food always makes for a good
If you only want to attend for a full day, the NMEA member price at the registration desk is $150. If
you only have a half-day, and you are local, come by after lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 2: 45 pm to
8:00 pm and attend the expo hall for FREE. We will even feed all of you that evening in the expo hall
thanks to our loyal and longtime supporting sponsors. On top of that, a local Seattle area winery and distillery will be in attendance for tastings! Maybe this alone will get you off the fence—and I hope you will
Thanks for all the support and please reach out to me directly with any comments or concerns (good or
bad), as we are here to serve you, the membership.
President & Executive Director
Thinking about attending