The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recently wrapped up a successful three-day advocacy event, the American Boating Congress (ABC), and welcomed more than 200 industry stakeholders to Washington, D.C. to drive the marine industry’s policy priorities forward.
The event offered attendees the opportunity to hear from several boating champions on Capitol Hill, including Senators Todd Young and Gary Peters, as well as Representatives Nancy Mace, Debbie Dingell, Brian Mast, James Comer, Mike Gallagher, Tim Burchett, and John Garamendi. Stakeholders also heard from senior economic Curtis Dubay, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political analyst Charlie Cook, founder of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
The industry took ABC as an opportunity to recognize key partners, industry leaders, and policymakers for their contributions to the $177 billion recreational boating industry. The NMMA presented three awards over the course of ABC, including the 2022 Legislator of the Year, the BoatPAC Champion for Growth Award, and the Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award.