April 19, 2017

Schedule

Life Jacket Association
2017 Annual Conference
June 25-27, 2017 | St. Petersburg, Florida
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

Click here to view conference program.

SUNDAY, June 25th
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Demens
Life Jacket Association Executive Board Meeting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Demens Lobby Registration Open
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Demens Lobby
Opening Reception
Hosted by the Life Jacket Association Board of Directors
MONDAY, June 26th
All sessions will take place in St. Petersburg I
7:30 am – 8:00 am
Demens Lobby
Breakfast
Sponsored by Water Sports Industry Association
8:00 am – 8:30 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
Wayne Walters, Life Jacket Association President
8:30 am – 9:30 am Keynote Speaker – Perspectives on Boating Safety and Life Jacket Use
Dr. Daniel L. Maxim, President, Everest Consulting Associates
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Demens Lobby
Coffee break
Sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories Standards
10:00 am – 10:30 am One Industry One Voice
Wayne Walters, Life Jacket Association President
10:30 am – 11:00 am Partner Update National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)
John Fetterman, Deputy Executive Director, NASBLA
11:00 am – 11:45am Boat U.S. Foundation & Life Jacket Design Competition
Chris Edmonston, President, BoatU.S. Foundation
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Harboview
Networking lunch
Sponsored by The Coleman Company
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
St. Petersburg I
Business Meeting

Bylaws to be voted on during Business Meeting – Click here to view

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Coffee break
Sponsored by Leland Limited, Inc.
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Water Sports & Life Jackets
Larry Meddock, Chairman, Water Sports Industry Association
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
Matt Gruhn, President, MRAA
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Laboratory updates – Underwriters Laboratory
Christopher James, Principal Engineer, UL
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Laboratory updates FORCE Technology update
(Test and Certification Body)

Niels J. Sibbernsen, Certification Manager, FORCE
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Laboratory updates IMANNA Laboratory
Bob White, President, IMANNA
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Poolside
Cocktail Hour
Sponsored by iSi Components North America

BBQ Dinner
Sponsored by Halkey-Roberts Corporation

TUESDAY, June 27th
All sessions will take place in St. Petersburg I
7:30 am – 8:00 am
St. Petersburg I
Breakfast
Sponsored by ITW Nexus Global
8:00 am – 8:45 am Standards Update
Maria Iafono, Director, UL Standards-Canada &
STP 1123 Chair
8:45 am – 9:30 am Life Jacket Sizing
Susan Balistreri, Balistreri Consulting, Inc.
9:30 am – 10:15 am Life Jacket Study for Boaters with Adaptive Needs
Timothea Larr, U.S. Sailing
10:15 am – 10:45 am Coffee break
Sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories
10:45 am –11:15 am Partner Update – National Safe Boating Council
Rachel Johnson, CAE, Executive Director, NSBC
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Discover Boating and Insights Into Industry Trends
Freya Olsen, Senior Program Manager, Discover Boating
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm An Update from the World of Paddlesports
Chris Stec, COO, American Canoe Association
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm Industry Numbers
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Closing Ceremonies