WorkBoat will be in attendance at the Offshore Marine Service Association's upcoming Washington, D.C., conference and crawfish boil on April 24 at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco.  

Attendees will hear from Biden administration officials, commissioners, D.C. insiders, industry suppliers, and partners on their involvement in the regulations and laws driving the maritime industry today. 

The event will kick off with the Honorable Ann C. Phillips, the maritime administrator for the Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration. As head of the Maritime Administration, she has an all-encompassing perspective. Admiral Phillips oversees programs designed to develop and promote the U.S. merchant marine and the U.S. maritime industry.  Audience members can expect to hear the Administrator discuss what MARAD is doing to maximize the amount of U.S. mariners and U.S. vessels engaged in the burgeoning offshore wind market.

Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), Carl W. Bentzel, will also discuss his plans in the industry.  

Expected speakers include: 

  • Jennifer Carpenter, president and CEO, American Waterways Operators
  • Matt Paxton, president, Shipbuilders Council of America
  • Adam Vokac, president, MEBA
  • Karl Senner, president, Karl Senner LLC
  • Troy Matherne, vice president power systems, Louisiana CAT

Attendees will also hear from communications experts on how to make social media work for their business both professionally and politically. Among the topics discussed: Digital Advocacy and its Disruption of Public Affairs, the Role of the CEO as the "Chief Influencer" in Advocacy and Brand, the Use of Digital Advertising / Hyper-Focused Campaigns, and Changes in Grassroots and Grasstops Advocacy Efforts.

These discussions will be led by:

  • Anna Stallmann, managing principal and owner, Anna Stallmann Communications
  • Anthony Shop, chief strategy officer, co-founder, Social Driver
  • Kevin Coroneos, director, digital advocacy strategy, Investment Company Institute

"The industry partners panel will provide a unique perspective by including representatives of the offshore, inland, shipbuilding, and maritime labor segments of the industry,” said OMSA's Ashley Smith. 

There will be a networking reception immediately following the DC Conference, from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Attendees can meet and mingle with like-minded colleagues involved in the U.S. offshore energy industry and further detail the topics covered throughout the day.

If you are a member of the U.S. maritime industry and associated supply chain involved in or interested in the U.S. offshore energy industry, the OMSA DC Conference is the perfect opportunity to learn, network, and forecast your future in a constantly evolving industry

Join us in less than two weeks!

Learn more about the event here and get registered here.