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  • Indiana DNR Cave Rescue & K9 Units

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    The Indiana DNR Cave Rescue Team will provide a brief overview of the Team, it’s capabilities and training, incidents, and interoperability with other agencies and responders.

    The Indiana DNR Cave Rescue Team will provide a brief overview of the Team, it’s capabilities and training, incidents, and interoperability with other agencies and responders.

    Jim Hash

    Coordinator • ICO Cave Rescue Team

    A graduate of Indiana University, Jim started with the Law enforcement Division in 1998, and has been coordinator of the Cave Rescue Team since 2005.His current duty assignment is in Operational District 8, Harrison County.Jim’s extra duties also include serving as a Boat Accident Investigator, Division Spokesperson, Field Training Officer, ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) operator, and serving as one of the Divisions’ representatives on the Indiana Hunter Education Board.In his off time, Jim enjoys playing billiards, cycling, kayaking, and trapshooting. 

    Jeff Milner

    Officer • Indiana Department of Natural Resources

    Officer Jeffrey Milner has been an Indiana Conservation Officer since 1993 and a K9 Handler since the inception of Indiana DNR’s highly successful K9 program in 1997. He has instructed all twelve of our K9 Schools. Officer Milner is a current member of the K9 Team and onto his third K9 partner. He began training dogs while in his teens, but became serious in the early 1990s when he trained and field trialed upland bird and waterfowl hunting dogs. Officer Milner is one of the founders of the Canine Resource Protection Program. He sets a high standard for himself on the product he produces with each and every K9 School. In 2002, Officer Milner Received a Certificate of Award from the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (NAWEOA) for his efforts as a founder and ambassador of the highly successful Indiana Resource Protection K9 Program. In 2012, he received the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies award for Outstanding Work in the Field of Conservation Law Enforcement for his continued work in promoting and sharing information with sister agencies on starting and expanding their own Resource Protection K9 Programs.

  • Overview of the U.S. Recreational Boating Industry

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    Thom Dammrich provides overview of the state of the recreational boating industry and where the industry is headed in the coming years.

    Thom Dammrich will provide an overview of the state of the recreational boating industry and where the industry is headed in the coming years along with an overview of the legislative and regulatory challenges affecting the industry and recreational boaters.

    Thom Dammrich

    President • National Marine Manufacturers Association

    Under Thom Dammrich’s leadership at National Marine, the association represents 1,300 marine industry members that produce 80 percent of the recreational boating products currently sold in North America.NMMA is the industry’s unifying force working to promote and protect recreational boating.NMMA supports these objectives through timely research and industry data, providing sales and marketing opportunities, and working tirelessly to keep recreational boating top of mind with consumers and legislators at the federal and state level.

    Most notably, Dammrich has been instrumental in helping bring together the industry with the Grow Boating Initiative.From this project, the Discover Boating campaign was refined asan industry-wide effort to promote the boating lifestyle, improve the boating experience and increase participation.The results have been optimized sales of marine products and services, and expanded research on boaters.

    Dammrich furthers his involvement and commitment to recreational boating interests by serving on several marine-industry boards such as International Council of Marine Industry Associations, the Center for Sportfishing Policy, the American Recreation Coalition, as well as fishing and yachting councils. 

  • Hiring Crisis in Law Enforcement

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    Hiring law enforcement officers today is a difficult task nationwide. A panel of state representatives involved in the hiring strategies for their agencies will discuss the processes and tactics they use and will discuss the successes they've seen and the challenges they face.

    Hiring law enforcement officers today is a difficult task nationwide. A panel of state representatives involved in the hiring strategies for their agencies will discuss the processes and tactics they use and will discuss the successes they've seen and the challenges they face.  

    Gary Klein

    Captain, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

    Captain Gary Klein works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement and is responsible for the Waterway Management team within the Boating and Waterways Section. He has served in this capacity since 2013. Gary was selected as Florida’s Boating Law Administrator in 2017. Previously, he served as a field Captain responsible for FWC’s law enforcement operations in Nassau, Duval (Jacksonville), Clay, Bradford and Baker Counties within Florida for seven years.

    With more than 25 years of fish, wildlife and boating law enforcement experience, his current professional role includes oversight of Florida’s waterway management efforts. This involves coordinating with other state, local and federal agencies on boating restricted areas, participating in the development of state and federal boating-related legislation, and consensus-building with a wide variety of stakeholders.

    Prior to joining the FWC, Captain Klein obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill.While serving as an Officer with FWC, Captain Klein completed law school at Florida State University. He then served as a prosecutor in the 4th Judicial Circuit (Jacksonville).

    Originally from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Gary has now lived in Florida for the last 28 years.

    David Pfiffner

    Boating Law Administrator (Ret.), Nevada Department of Wildlife

    Adam Gormely

    LIeutenant, Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

    Stephanie Weatherington

    Boating Law Administrator, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

  • Recreational Boating Safety Visual Dashboard

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    You’ve seen the Dashboard and have a wish list of features you want to find. Do the current charts provide the information you are looking for? How can you embed the various charts into your agency website or run printed reports for internal use? Curious about future charts using state-specific data? Join the Dashboard Team as we review future plans for this important tool. The Recreational Boating Safety Dashboard is supported with USCG Grant funding.

    You’ve seen the Dashboard and have a wish list of features you want to find. Do the current charts provide the information you are looking for? How can you embed the various charts into your agency website or run printed reports for internal use? Curious about future charts using state-specific data? Join the Dashboard Team as we review future plans for this important tool. The Recreational Boating Safety Dashboard is supported with USCG Grant funding.

    Pam Dillon

    NASBLA Director of Education & Standards

    Pamela Dillon serves as director of NASBLA’s Education and Standards Division. In this role, she works to fully articulate NASBLA’s national role in standards development and conformity assessment, as well as providing broader and deeper professional development opportunities for our members and the recreational boating community. Previously, Dillon served as BLA, retiring in 2011 as chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft. During a five-year break in service from the state of Ohio, Dillon served as executive director of the American Canoe Association (2002-2007), working to develop strategic alliances with boating, outdoor recreation, and paddlesport education and conservation programs across the U.S. and Canada. Dillon served two terms as a public member of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council. In 2014 Dillon earned her credential as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) from ASAE.

    Tim Spice

    Boating Safety Education Manager • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

    Tim Spice is the Boater Education Manager with Texas Parks and Wildlife. He began his career in January 1995 as a Hunter Education and Boater Education Training Specialist. In 2014, Spice received the Educator of the Year award from the Southern States Association of Boating Law Administrators. He is currently a member of the Education Standards Panel and a Subcommittee Chair on NASBLA’s Education & Outreach Committee. He is also a certified instructor trainer for the National Safe Boating Council.

  • Are You Sure You're in Compliance? New Hull Identification Number (HIN) Verification Process

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    This session will discuss hull identification number (HIN) regulations, including recent requirements for state registration and titling offices to verify HINs. We will discuss how and when to issue state manufacturer identification codes (MIC) and how to address specific types of errors and common issues as seen throughout the United States. Emerging issues such as foreign boat builders using internet sales websites to sell boats within the US, as well as other related topics will be discussed.

    This session will discuss hull identification number (HIN) regulations, including recent requirements for state registration and titling offices to verify HINs. We will discuss how and when to issue state manufacturer identification codes (MIC) and how to address specific types of errors and common issues as seen throughout the United States. Emerging issues such as foreign boat builders using internet sales websites to sell boats within the US, as well as other related topics will be discussed.

    William Hillyer

    Safety Compliance Officer/Marine Investigator • USCG Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

    Will Hillyer joined the Coast Guard in 1995. Since then he has served in various positions in both law enforcement and aids to navigation. During his 23 years of service he has worked in a variety of locations such as New Jersey, Maryland, Louisiana, Florida and Alaska. His last 10 years were concentrated in working in south Florida conducting counter drug and alien migrant interdiction in the Florida Straits, Bahamas, and off of Cuba and Central America. His last tour landed him at Coast Guard Headquarters in the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety. During this time, he functioned as the person handling MIC requests, HIN fraud, and boating accident investigation that relates to recreational vessel defects. Will retired from active duty in February of 2018 and stayed on with the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety doing the same job. Will is married and has two teenage daughters. When Will is not working with the Coast Guard, most of his free time is taken up with the family horses, trailering to horse shows, playing guitar or working in the wood shop. 

  • Engine Cut-Off Devices in Law Enforcement Operations & Training

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    Engine Cut-Off Devices in Law Enforcement Operations & Training

    Engine Cut-Off Devices in Law Enforcement Operations & Training

    Tom Shipp

    Captain • Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

    Captain Tom Shipp is in the Boating and Waterways Section of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and has been responsible for the Boating Safety Unit for eight years. In that role he works with general boating safety issues, boating accident reporting, boating safety education/outreach issues, the Boating Advisory Council, and the Recreational Boating Safety grant. Tom began his boating safety career by teaching canoeing/kayaking/sailing at summer camps before college and as a lifeguard/water safety instructor during college. Prior to his FWC career he was an environmental biologist. He has been an FWC law enforcement officer for 16 years. As an Officer he spent three years on the coast working primarily in the marine environment and then three years working inland counties focusing more on the wildlife and freshwater environments. He was a Lieutenant in FWC’s Policy and Planning Section for two years before promoting to Captain.

  • Zero Waste Marketing - Blitzing Boaters & Paddlers with Safety Messaging

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    The Water Sports Foundation conducts a year round, zero-waste, marketing campaign targeting boaters and paddlers through boating and paddling media providers. Research is showing improvements in the public's attitudes and behaviors regarding boating and paddling safety. This presentation will share its methods for outreach and the results of in-market research proving a positive culture shift is occurring. Funded by U.S. Coast Guard non-profit grants.

    The Water Sports Foundation conducts a year round, zero-waste, marketing campaign targeting boaters and paddlers through boating and paddling media providers. Research is showing improvements in the public's attitudes and behaviors regarding boating and paddling safety. This presentation will share its methods for outreach and the results of in-market research proving a positive culture shift is occurring. Funded by U.S. Coast Guard non-profit grants.

    Jim Emmons

    Non-Profit Outreach Grants Director • Water Sports Foundation Inc.

    “Shouting from the highest rooftops” is what Jim Emmons does best! Known for his activism, Emmons has been a devoted marketing and public relations leader sharing passion since his early years. His three-decade career includes being the Water Sports Industry Association’s four-term, twelve-year president where he developed the foundation for WSIA’s thirty-five year success story, creating popular, successful events such as the WSIA’s Leadership Awards, WSIA’s Summit in the Snow, co-founding Wakeboarding magazine, eventually serving as the brand’s publisher, and creating the industry’s overwhelmingly successful trade show, Surf Expo. Through a partnership with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Emmons has orchestrated recreational boating safety’s most complex, far-reaching outreach campaign stretching over six years, disbursing $4.6 million and delivering more than one-half billion, zero waste, boater-targeted safety impressions. Most recently, Emmons initiated “doubled-down” efforts targeting vulnerable newcomers in boating niches such as Hispanic boaters and the troublesome paddle sports segment with custom and very creative messaging delivered in provocatively unique ways. As a result, he was invited to join NASBLA’s Paddlesports Committee and has been an active member since 2015. Emmons also currently serves on the USCG’s National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC).

  • Steering a Course to a New Generation of Education Standards

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    This session will focus on the panel’s ongoing efforts to propel boating education into the future. Current members of ESP will lead an engaging discussion of where the standards development process started, where it is now and where it’s going in the next few years.

    Standards play a vital role in education of every description. Boating educators rely on standards published by various agencies and other authorities. NASBLA has published standards since the 1980s and those standards have influenced the development and delivery of boating safety courses that have touched millions of lives.

    Though much of the fundamental boating safety messages remain intact, boating educators use tools today that were barely concepts one or two decades ago. While delivery methods have experienced an age of enlightenment, the standards have been slower to evolve. That’s about to change. 

    Questioning, challenging and improving boating education standards is the purpose behind the National Education Standards Panel (ESP). Evolution and growth of standards have been at the forefront of ESP’s work for years. This session will focus on the panel’s ongoing efforts to propel boating education into the future. Current members of ESP will lead an engaging discussion of where the standards development process started, where it is now and where it’s going in the next few years.

    Dr. Hugh Gibson

    Associate Professor • Missouri State University

    Dr. Hugh Gibson is an associate professor from Missouri State University and has been in higher education for nearly 20 years. He has been an outdoor educator and paddlesport enthusiast for his entire career. He is an ACA instructor and been on the National Education Standards Panel (ESP) for two years.

    Ed Huntsman

    8th CG District Recreational Boating Safety Program • USCG

    Retired from the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Education Branch as the conservation education program manager and later, off highway vehicle and boating safety education program administrator, Ed accepted an appointment to the Eighth Coast Guard District's prevention staff in February 2012. Current responsibilities include planning and outreach related to education, training and enforcement of Federal boating laws and best water safety practices. Ed is also responsible for coordinating District Eight's recreational boating and water safety program in the 26 states that make up America’s Heartland. Ed also serves as a District liaison to local, state, tribal, regional, national, Canadian and Mexican recreational boating safety and enforcement officials, public boating safety related organizations, stakeholders and media. 

    Ed holds a MBA degree, is a graduate of Arizona State University’s (ASU) Bob Ramsey Executive Education Certified Public Manager Program and holds a Certificate from the ASU Management and Leadership Institute. Ed currently serves on NASBLA’s Enforcement & Training Committee, NASBLA’s Education & Outreach Committee, the National Boating Education Standards Panel (a founding member) and participated on U.S. Sailing’s on-water education standards development in all three domains of power, human-power, and sail. 

    Joe McCullough

    Boating Law Administrator • Alaska Office of Boating Safety

    Joe moved to Alaska in 1992 after visiting for the summer and falling in love with the ocean and the mountains. He has worked for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources for 26 years, starting out as a volunteer in Kachemak Bay State Park.Joe also worked as a park ranger in Anchor Point and on the Kenai River. He was hired as the Education Coordinator for the Alaska Boating Safety Program in 2002. In June he was promoted to Boating Law Administrator. 

    Joe loves teaching and is a nationally certified boating safety instructor, NSBC boat control instructor trainer, Alaska Police Standards Council instructor and an American Canoe Association instructor.

    Joe was the recipient of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA) Boating Safety Award in 2006 and NASBLA’s Educator of the Year Award in 2012. He graduated with a B.A. Degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Joe lives in Anchorage with his wife and daughter.

  • Sharing the Waterways - Challenges & Opportunities

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    This session will feature presentations from captains of commercial passenger vessel operations to give local perspectives, in addition to the overarching challenges facing commercial mariners nationwide. This conversation will focus on building partnerships, and increasing communication between the commercial and recreational user communities.

    Communities around the country are seeing an increase use of the waterways as options for public transit, growing commerce, entertainment, and recreation. With this increase it becomes more and more important to preserve the safe sharing of waterways. Communication, education, and continuous training are important components to maintain safe operations. 

    This session will feature presentations from captains of commercial passenger vessel operations to give local perspectives, in addition to the overarching challenges facing commercial mariners nationwide. This conversation will focus on building partnerships, and increasing communication between the commercial and recreational user communities. 

    Earnesto Coleman

    Safety and Occupational Health Coordinator • Hornblower Cruises & Events

    Earnesto N. Coleman is a 1600 Ton Master/OC, he currently holds a position as the Safety and Occupational Health Coordinator with Hornblower Crusies & Events in San Diego, CA.In this role, Earnesto leads a large team in the daily performance and adherence to safety regulations. He provides all aspects of safety, including education, training and coaching.

    Earnesto is a big believer in Safety and Health in all industries. He supports a collaboration of management and all safety entities such as OSHA, (and all its components), NFPA, and continuously educates his teamto ensure they as well informed and kept abreast of all new requirements to meet all evolving safety guidelines.

    Earnesto is a certified trainer of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Maritime Industry. He also holds a certification as an Occupational Specialist, and Construction Site Safety Supervisor. He has a Associate Degree in Occupational Safety and Health. 

    Jen Wilk (Moderator)

    Director, Development and Public Affairs • Passenger Vessel Association

    Jen Wilk is the Director of Public Affairs and Development at the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA), the Alexandria, VA based national trade group representing owners and operators of all segments of the commercial U.S.-Flagged passenger vessel industry.She brings eleven (11) years of experience working to advance safety, security, and environmental stewardship for the passenger vessel industry. She serves as the Vice President for the Propeller Club of Washington DC and is an active member of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA).Ms. Wilk earned a Master’s of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC. 

    Stephen Jones

    Captain • Gateway Clipper Fleet

    Stephen has worked at the Gateway Clipper Fleet in Pittsburgh, PA since 1987 (31 years). He currently holds the position of Captain/Operations. Stephen currently has a 1600 Ton Masters License/Inland Waters, and also holds a Master of Towing Vessels/Inland Waters and Western Rivers. Stephen has been an active member of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) through the Gateway Clipper Fleet since 2008. He is a member of the PVA Safety and Security Committee from 2008-2017 and played an active role in the development of “Flagship” which is a Safety Management System for members of the Passenger Vessel Association. 

    Stephen is currently the Chairperson of the PVA Rivers Region (2013), the Chairperson of the PVA Regulatory Committee (2018), and a member of the PVA Board of Directors (2018). Stephen also holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration/Finance from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Geo-targeting in Marketing & Outreach

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    Each of the media providers that the Water Sports Foundation utilizes in the powerboat, sail and human propelled domains have geo-targeting capabilities. This means that they can draw virtual boundaries and send select messages to boaters-sailors-paddlers inside the boundary – for example, a state boundary or near a specific body of water that has a high incidence of accidents.

    Each of the media providers that the Water Sports Foundation utilizes in the powerboat, sail and human propelled domains have geo-targeting capabilities. This means that they can draw virtual boundaries and send select messages to boaters-sailors-paddlers inside the boundary – for example, a state boundary or near a specific body of water that has a high incidence of accidents.

    Jim Emmons

    Non-Profit Outreach Grants Director • Water Sports Foundation Inc.

    “Shouting from the highest rooftops” is what Jim Emmons does best! Known for his activism, Emmons has been a devoted marketing and public relations leader sharing passion since his early years. His three-decade career includes being the Water Sports Industry Association’s four-term, twelve-year president where he developed the foundation for WSIA’s thirty-five year success story, creating popular, successful events such as the WSIA’s Leadership Awards, WSIA’s Summit in the Snow, co-founding Wakeboarding magazine, eventually serving as the brand’s publisher, and creating the industry’s overwhelmingly successful trade show, Surf Expo. Through a partnership with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Emmons has orchestrated recreational boating safety’s most complex, far-reaching outreach campaign stretching over six years, disbursing $4.6 million and delivering more than one-half billion, zero waste, boater-targeted safety impressions. Most recently, Emmons initiated “doubled-down” efforts targeting vulnerable newcomers in boating niches such as Hispanic boaters and the troublesome paddle sports segment with custom and very creative messaging delivered in provocatively unique ways. As a result, he was invited to join NASBLA’s Paddlesports Committee and has been an active member since 2015. Emmons also currently serves on the USCG’s National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC).

    Scott MacGregor

    Founder and Publisher • Rapid Media

    Scott MacGregor (HBOR, BA Geo, B.Ed) is the founder and publisher at Rapid Media. After ten seasons as a whitewater canoeing instructor, raft guide, a 105-day sea kayak expedition, and starting a non-profit paddling school, in ’99 he launched North America’s first whitewater magazine. With the business plan scribbled on a bar napkin, he rented a shack by the river and bought his first Macintosh computer. Twenty years later, Rapid Media is now the world’s leading paddlesports media company and the official media partner of American Canoe Association, Paddle Canada and Paddlesports Retailer. Rapid Media publishes Kayak Angler, Paddling Magazine and Paddling Business, including the Paddling Buyer’s Guide and Paddling Trip Guide annuals. Rapid Media also produces the Paddling Film Festival and Rapid Media TV. 

    Mark MacKenzie

    Digital Content and Audience Director • Bonnier

    Mark MacKenzie is Digital Content and Audience Director for Bonnier Corp's Active Interest Network, where he leads all digital content and audience development operations across 12 enthusiast titles. He has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Arizona and has been covering the marine industry for the last decade.