Sept 1, 2017

NMEA LogoOne of the highlights at the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, to be held Sept. 26-28 at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel in Bellevue, WA, will be the CEO panel Q&A session with the leaders of two major marine electronics companies, Furuno USA and Actisense. During lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 26, Furuno USA's Brad Reents and Actisense's Phil Whitehurst will give their take on the current state of the industry, new technology, the future of the market and challenges ahead.

Reents, a CPA, took the helm at Furuno USA in 2014 after serving as Treasurer, who was responsible for all financial aspects of the company. He has been a member of the Furuno USA Board of Directors since 2003.

Whitehurst started UK-based Actisense in 1997. He spearheaded the effort to create and develop the Actisense brand, which is based around interfacing NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000® products. Whitehurst has a degree in electrical and electronics engineering.


Events scheduled for the three-day NMEA Conference & Expo include a full roster of education and training sessions, a two-day product exposition, on-the-water electronics demonstrations, day long installer training courses and two-dozen manufacturer seminars. Thursday evening, Sept. 28, NMEA will present its annual Product of Excellence and Manufacturer of the Year Awards and the NMEA Technology Award.

"These top industry executives have a wealth of knowledge and foresight to share with the NMEA Conference attendees," said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA President & Executive Director. "Questions to the panelists will come from the NMEA membership and will be pre-screened by the NMEA Conference Committee. We welcome NMEA members to submit questions they may have directly to NMEA for inclusion."

To submit a CEO panel question please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To register for the NMEA Conference, visit www.expo.nmea.org or call (410) 975-9425.

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Tony Kelleher 400Volvo Penta of the Americas today announced the appointment of Tony Kelleher as vice president for customer support and training. 

“Tony Kelleher will lead the customer support and product training teams to further expand and strengthen our partner network capabilities,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “During his tenure as head of our leisure marine business segment, he and his team have made great strides in strengthening our business and relationships with partners and customers. His collaborative approach has developed positive rapport among U.S. and international team members, as well as OEMs and dealer partners.”  READ MORE