Plenary Session: State of the Industry

Thursday, 10 December 202011:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Main Stage

ICOMIA will give a global perspective on the leisure marine industry, offering key insights on developments and opportunities in different markets.


The panel discussion will do a brief intro about the state of the industry around the world during the pandemic but will mainly focus on What’s next. The panel discussion will address the following questions:


  • Where is the market going, anticipation for 2021 and beyond?
  • What are the current challenges facing the industry, such as supply chain disruption, labour shortage, low retail inventory, boat show cancellations?
  • What are the new demands for the industry? And opportunities?
  • How has consumer behaviour changed?
  • What is the future of boat shows?


The International Council of Marine Industry Associations, ICOMIA, is the international trade association representing the global marine industry since 1966. ICOMIA brings together national marine industry associations in one global organisation and represents them at an international level, presenting a strong and united voice when dealing with issues challenging the industry.


This Plenary Session includes a Live AfterTalk with attendees.



Moderator: Sara Anghel

Sara Anghel, moderator in this session, is the NMMA Canada President & ICOMIA President. Sara Anghel, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada has led the association for more than 12 years and has nearly 25 years of government relations experience. She represents the interests of the entire boating industry including US and Canadian manufacturers, Canadian boat dealers and marine operators. Under Sara’s leadership members have seen many firsts including the creation of a Canadian statistical abstract; Recreational Boating Day on Parliament Hill. Sara’s contributions extend to the advancement of women in the marine industry including building a case that led to the creation of an expanded maternity/parental benefits package for NMMA US employees.



Andrea Frabetti

Speaker: Andrea Frabetti

Having stepped up from Chief Technical Officer to CEO at Sunseeker last year, Andrea brings to the panel a wealth of experience in creating innovative and practical solutions for motor and mega yachts. Since graduating with a marine engineering degree from the University of Genoa in 1990, Andrea’s technical expertise coupled with his enthusiasm for invention and innovation has led him to record many significant achievements over several decades. Driven by a passion to make leisure yachting ever more environmentally friendly, he has previously worked with the Ferreti Group for 25 years, where he was Vice President for Product Development.



Speaker: Frank Hugelmeyer

Frank Hugelmeyer is President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. He has more than 30 years of experience in the sporting goods, fitness and outdoor recreation sectors along with an extensive background in retail, manufacturing, brand development, public policy and trade association management. Prior to National Marine Manufacturers Association, Hugelmeyer was president at RV Industry Association and co-chairman for Go RVing. Before that, he was the longtime president and CEO of Outdoor Industry Association where he inspired and led the renowned campaign that defined the economic importance of the $734 billion outdoor recreation industry for the first time in U.S. history. Frank lives in northern Virginia near Washington D.C. and maintains a home in Colorado. His leisure time is spent in the outdoors usually boating, sport and fly fishing.



Speaker: Lawrence Chow

Lawrence Chow is the Chairman of the HKBIA (Hong Kong Boating Industry Association) and the Asia Representative of the ICOMIA Executive Committee. In these established positions, he engages in regular dialogues with the Hong Kong government, and strives to continuously establish local affiliations with reputable organizations. Raised in a family of marine industry professionals, Lawrence has a strong passion for sailing and currently oversees general operations for the established Hong Kong boat dealership, China Pacific Marine. With this experience, knowledge and passion, Lawrence has played an integral part in building a stronger local and international profile for the Hong Kong boating industry.