ABBRA Marine Service Manager Course Set for Maine, March 4th-6th

 Partnering With State and Regional Marine Trade Associations A Successful Model for Delivering Professional industry Training  

 Fort Lauderdale, FL- February 12, 2014– ABBRA, the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association is once again partnering with a state marine trade association to offer its intensive three-day Marine Service Manager course from March 4th – 6th in Arundel, Maine at The Landing School. The course is being offered in collaboration with Maine Marine Trades Association and is a main requirement for service managers seeking to become an ABBRA Certified Marine Service Manager.

Executive Director of ABBRA, Gordon Connell stated, “Our MSM Program is always well received and we as a national group have found that working with local partners helps ensure its success. Our instructors offer boatyard managers and individuals preparing for leadership roles in boatyards a good understanding of their responsibilities and the best management practices that are expected in well-run facilities.” He noted, “We are returning to Maine this year after conducting one in 2012 that had a full class of 25 students and another last year in Rhode Island and had 20 students. Registration is going strong and we anticipate a full complement again in 2014.” Following the MSM in Maine, another will be offered in West Palm Beach, Florida in July and one in Washington State in November.

The MSM course is led by a group of widely respected, as well as recognized, marine industry and boatyard professionals. It covers areas such as leadership skills, time management, human resources, workforce development, safety, health and emergency response, maritime law and contracts, job estimating, project management, financial management, and a boatyard case study. Notable marine industry leaders and MSM course instructors include: Pam Lendzion, President of MarineTec Management Company; Leonard Langer, Maritime Attorney with Thompson & Bowie LLP, Portland, Maine; Shirley Adams, Director of Human Resources at Correct Craft, Inc.; Jim Bronstein, President of Marine Business Advisors; and Kellie Crete, Safety and Loss Control Manager of The Gowrie Group, Westbrook, Connecticut. Registration can be completed online at

About American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA)

Founded in 1943, ABBRA is a national marine trade organization that represents, is dedicated to, and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism in the boat building, marine service, and boat repair industry.