2017 NMEA Education Sessions and Speakers
Pre registration is not required for any of these sessions.
See schedule link for specific times.

Business Sense LIVE (Business Track)
Moderator Steve Katz
Steve Katz, Marine Electronics Journal writer of the column "Business Sense”, will moderate an open forum on Wednesday 9/27 from 9:30am-12:15 PM (with a break in the middle) for business owners to discuss challenges and share ideas with the audience so attendees can take home some ways to better their business. Audience Participation is welcomed and encouraged.
Steve owns and operates Steve’s Marine Service, an electronics and electrical service company in Maryland.
Mr. Katz began boating and offshore fishing on the east coast as a teenager, turning his passion into a job as a mate and servicing boats. Mr. Katz continued his formal education by obtaining his USCG Captains license along with a BS degree in Technology from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Loyola University.  Steve’s corporate experience includes management positions at multinational companies.

NMEA OneNet Ethernet Standard (Technical Track)
Presenters: NMEA OneNet Committee
Version 1.0 of the NMEA OneNet Ethernet Standard will be released in 2016. Attendees are invited to attend this technical presentation which will go over key elements of the standard including the Physical layer, Device Discovery Process, Security Module, and Gateways.
Steve Spitzer, Director of Standards from NMEA will overview then introduce key members of the NMEA OneNet committee including Garth Hitchens from Rosepoint Navigation, Nate Karstens from Garmin.
Wireless Networking (Technical Track)
WiFi is everywhere, on-board, at marinas, on our phones. This technical session outlines today’s modern Wi-Fi switching and booster boxes that can be installed to help reduce the customer's airtime bills by auto switching Wi-Fi signals when at marinas and while underway.

Keys to a solid Autopilot Installation (Technical Track)
Presenter: Kevin Boughton- Midcoast Marine Electronics.
Regardless of manufacturer type, there are other important factors that vary from vessel to vessel when installing an autopilot. Installation expert Kevin Boughton has installed hundreds of Autopilots for both recreational and commercial vessels.  He will go over drive selection, rudder feedback selection,  junction box selection and heading integration along with other key components that all autopilot systems rely on for accurate steering in all sea conditions. He will also help in basic troubleshooting of autopilot failures.
Kevin Boughton, from Midcoast Marine Electronics in Rockland ME has been a NMEA trainer since 2014. Kevin and his team of NMEA certified employees install and service most of the electronics installed on Maines lobster boat fleet.  After electronics trade school and working for a local R.I. company that built telephone communications exchange equipment, Kevin joined the USCG and trained as a Boatswain’s Mate. He started in marine electronics in 1987 working for a company on Narragansett Bay in Barrington, R.I. In 1992 moved to Maine an established a marine electronics shop at a reputable marina in Camden, ME. After 6 years opened Midcoast Marine Electronics based in Thomaston, ME. In 2008, relocated MME to Rockland, ME. Joined the NMEA Education Committee in 2014 to present. Kevin holds an FCC GROL, Radar Endorsement, GMDSS Maintainer/Operators License and is an NMEA Certified Marine Electronics Technician (CMET), along with ABYC Certified Electrician. 

Digital Switching (Technical Track)
Presenters: Peter Braffitt- Gemeco
MFD’s are evolving more and more into digital switch panels. This session will overview the current offerings for digital switching of virtually anything on the boat that uses AC or DC voltage. The instructor will go over the various components needed to complete these complex installations utilizing the NMEA 2000 backbone.
Peter Braffitt, General Manager at Gemeco Marine Accessories, is well known across the marine industry as an expert in transducer selection and placement as well as everything NMEA. His passion for cutting-edge electronics and salt water fishing feed his relentless drive to discover the latest advancements in marine electronics technology. With a deep understanding of boating and fishing, Braffitt is an invaluable resource to marine electronics installers and boat builders of all sizes.
Satellite Providers (Technical Track)
Modernizing AIS (Technical Track)
Engage and Profit from Marine Apps (Business Track)
Social Media and YOUR Business (Business Track)


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