Industry experts to speak at WorkBoat’s Alabama Shipyard Summit

WorkBoat has secured top professionals as speakers in Point Clear

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Portland, ME (PRWEB) September 03, 2014

WorkBoat, the leading provider of news for the U.S. workboat industry, has secured industry experts and opinion leaders to present at the new Regional Summit: The Changing Landscape of Shipyards. The Summit will be held in Point Clear, Ala., on Sept. 16.

The Changing Face of Personnel Panel Discussion & Roundtable Talks
With the advancements in technology, the landscape of the shipyard workforce is changing. Will a more specialized workforce be necessary in the future? Will companies such as Siemens and Rolls-Royce alleviate the personnel crunch some by using their own technicians? How are personnel challenges different for smaller yards as compared to larger ones? These questions addressing the most prevalent problems in the shipyard industry will be explored in this panel discussion.

Speakers:
Jeff Allman, Manager Workforce and Training Strategy, Ingalls Shipbuilding
Joseph W. Dahl, Vice President and General Manager, Signet Shipbuilding & Repair
Richard McCreary, Vice President of Commercial Business Development, BAE Systems

State of the Industry in the Gulf Discussion
Aside from the personnel problem, what other challenges face yard owners? Is the traditional shipyard becoming more of an erection yard, with specialized systems integrators doing more of the technical work? The panel will discuss where the shipyard industry is now and where it may be going.

Speaker:
Matthew Paxton, President, Shipbuilders Council of America

Financing the Future Discussion & Roundtable Talks
Whether your company is a small business or publicly traded corporation, capital is the engine that drives it. Where that capital comes from is one of the questions that this discussion will seek to answer. Join us as a panel of finance experts will help you understand the state of the commercial marine finance marketplace, answer your questions and help find solutions to the problems you face.

Speakers:
Tom Church, Advisor, Mariner Finance
Ronnie Evans, Director Commercial Marine Finance, Key Bank NA
Andy Stockett, Managing Director, FourBridges Capital Advisors

To register for the Summit, which will be held at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club, & Spa, visit http://www.workboat.com/regional-summit-alabama.aspx. Advance Registration is $425. Onsite registration is $495.

About WorkBoat
WorkBoat is part of the Diversified Business Communications portfolio of commercial marine events, publications and e-media products. The WorkBoat brand has been connecting qualified buyers with leading suppliers for more than 45 years. In print through WorkBoat magazine, online at WorkBoat.com, face-to-face at the International WorkBoat Show and through education with the Professional Series, WorkBoat delivers high quality information to all segments of the marine industry in North America. For more information, visit http://www.workboat.com.

The WorkBoat Professional Series provides the marine industry professionals with a way to stay on top of what's going on in the workboat industry and its outlook for 2014 and beyond — from business management to marine industry specific topics.

About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications, based in Portland, Maine, provides information and market access through face-to-face events, publications and eMedia. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Diversified operates divisions in Australia, Hong Kong, India, the UK and Canada. For more information, visit: http://www.divcom.com


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