International marine speakers line-up for ASMEX 2017

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Carla Demaria, president of Monte Carlo Yachts, will be one of the international speakers at the ASMEX 2017 conference.
Carla Demaria, president of Monte Carlo Yachts, will be one of the international speakers at the ASMEX 2017 conference.

Keynote speakers unveiled for 2017 Australian Superyacht and Marine Export conference.

The organisers of the ASMEX 2017 conference have announced details of keynote speakers and special guests for the conference, due to be held the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort in the lead up to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) in May.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Carla Demaria, president of Monte Carlo Yachts.
  • Kevin Merrigan, CEO of Northrop & Johnson and president of the Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and France offices.
  • Farouk Nefzi, Feadship’s marketing and brand director.
  • Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft.
  • Martin Baum, son of company founder and managing director of the Pantaenius Group, a major sponsor of ASMEX 2017.
  • Paul Archer, CEO of independent superyacht management company, Arrow Services Monaco, who will be at the conference again in 2017 as a special guest and delegate.

Also joining ASMEX ahead of the 2017 ICOMIA conference due to be held during SCIBS is Jouko Huju, president of ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations). He is managing director of the Finnish Marine Industries Federation, Finnboat, and will share ICOMIA’s current data on global trends and opportunities.

The theme of the conference is ‘Staying relevant in today’s global business environment’.

CEO of AIMEX-Superyacht Australia, MaryAnne Edwards said she was thrilled with the line-up so far and with the early take-up of registrations.

“The first wave of registrations is well ahead of 2016, which is fantastic. The conference will be held in the larger venue of MacArthurs Ballroom, with a capacity for up to 300 guests.”

Delegates can be assured of the value for money and opportunity for networking with guest speakers, said Edwards.

“As well as hearing first-hand from these CEOs, owners and senior management of the world’s leading superyacht and supplier companies, delegates have several opportunities to discuss the issues during social events and informal networking. We can also arrange one-on-one meetings with these industry leaders, all of whom realise the potential of the Australian market and wish to discover more about all aspects of the Australian industry from our innovative products to our infrastructure and ability to service the global marine sector.

“Attending ASMEX 2017 is a great investment in your business,” she added.

The conference will also see the presentation of the independent Economic Impact Study into the Australian superyacht industry, funded with the support of the Queensland Government, which will quantify the actual value of the industry and its untapped potential.

Member registration for the conference is $395 excluding GST while non-members pay $595 excluding GST. Accommodation at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort from Sunday 21 May to Wednesday 24 May has been secured at the special conference rate of $199 including GST per night.

Registration includes the two days of the conference, all social and networking events, and the Gala Dinner incorporating the 2017 Australian Marine Industry Awards on Tuesday 23 May.

For more information, visit the conference website.

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