Bankers Bring Disaster Prep. to Marine Lending Conference
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Many NMBA members felt the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, so the conference committee has hired Norris L. Beren, Executive Director of Risk Reduction Education, Inc. to advise attendees on how to protect their business in the event of a disaster. The author of two books, a web-based training program, and dozens of articles on disaster preparedness, Beren has provided preparedness training for many major corporations such as CNA Insurance and Federal Express and has worked with more than 1,000 companies. Beren presents the value and potential return on investment in creating a culture of preparedness throughout a business, which includes keeping the company running after a disaster, protecting shareholder value, and surviving a difficult economic environment that could follow.

The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa has been chosen as the site for the NMBA’s 2013 annual marine lending industry conference, to be held September 8-10. The NMBA special room rate is only $119/night and a $12/day resort fee which includes parking, access to spa facilities, and Wi-Fi access throughout the property.

Plan to stay Tuesday night to enjoy “NMBA Royale – a Night at the Casino” which will feature gaming tables, dealers, raffles and prizes Boating, golf, swimming pools, and spa services are a few of the offerings available to hotel guests, along with a variety of dining options. Visit or call 800-772-1000 for more information about the resort.

This year’s conference agenda will highlight the latest economic trends impacting the marine industry, updates on legislative issues that continue to shape the lending environment, and a presentation on reducing risk without reducing reward. You will network with marine lenders and representatives from various supporting businesses and enjoy a specialized group event designed to maximize your skills in the workplace. The NMBA annual golf tournament will be held Tuesday, with the golf awards ceremony immediately following.

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