American Boating Congress takes on added importance

Mar 29, 2017 Michele DeSantis

“I hate politics. I hate everything about it. I hate the positioning, the slippery maneuvering, the glad-handing and the lack of authenticity!” So wrote Wanda Kenton Smith last year in the July 2016 issue of Soundings Trade Only.

Known for telling it like it is, this top marketer in our industry rightly contends attending the upcoming American Boating Congress (May 15-17) might be more important to boating’s future than ever before.

I suspect there’s a mistaken impression by dealers that ABC is primarily a manufacturer’s show-and-tell because it’s organized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s legislative staff in Washington. It’s not.