IBEX 365 Education

Webinar Agenda: What Can Boatbuilders Expect Regarding Issues and Regulations in 2023?

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John McKnight, Sr. Vice President, Environmental & Safety Compliance at NMMA will lead a discussion about the regulatory issues and topics that are critical to planning, protecting, and preserving your business in a difficult regulatory climate.

In this live webinar attendees will learn how NMMA is closely tracking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as styrene undergoes a risk assessment in the coming years as part of the implementation of the Toxic Substance Control Act.

John Schweitzer, ACMA will explain what is happening now and what to expect in the future.

Clay Crabtree, NMMA will explain what is happening in California as changes to Proposition 65 labeling requirements for marine parts develops. What does that mean for boatbuilders and parts suppliers? What will this mean for online catalogues?

Eric Johnson, USCG will report on the work the United States Coast Guard (USCG) is involved in with ABYC, including several projects specific to boat design.

Back by popular demand, Jeff Wasil, NMMA will provide an update on his IBEX 2021 Carbon Neutral Marine Fuels Combustion Engine and Electrification Presentation and how the marine industry is doing its part to create a sustainable future.

There will be time saved for an interactive Q&A and you will have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar. The recorded webinar will be available on-demand at IBEX 365 after the live event has taken place.


Jeff Wasil

Jeff Wasil

Director of Environment, Health and Safety Compliance


With twenty years’ experience in emissions compliance, Jeff Wasil leads global marine regulatory development and is a key member of marine industry technical projects. Jeff serves as the Chairman of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) Marine Engine Committee, Vice Chairman of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Board of Directors, and is a member of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Engine Manufacturers Division Board.

John Schweitzer

John Schweitzer

Senior Advisor

American Composites Manufacturers Association

John Schweitzer has managed regulatory advocacy and compliance programming for the composites manufacturing industry since 1989. Before that, he had ten years’ experience in polymer manufacturing, EH&S management, and research and development.

John McKnight

John McKnight

Sr. Vice President, Environmental & Safety Compliance


John McKnight is Senior Vice President of Environmental and Safety Compliance for the National Marine Manufacturers Association. With a government relations office in our nation’s capital he is responsible for the representing marine manufacturers regarding the environmental, health and safety legislative and regulatory issues that impact the industry.

His responsibilities have included a significant number of boat, marine accessory and marine engine related issues. Starting in the early 1990’s with the EPA’s marine engine emission regulations for outboards and PWC to more recent rules for more stringent outboard and PWC emission regulations, including the introduction of catalytic convertors on stern drive inboard engines and evaporative emissions on boat fuel systems. For boats he was responsible for leading the industry with the development of the EPA MACT standards and more recently Boat Manufacturing Residual Risk Standards. Basically, any marine related government-imposed manufacturing issue the industry faced over the last quarter of a century has found its way to his plate.

In addition to working in the marine industry, he spent several years working for Witco Chemical in the Corporate Safety Health and Environmental Affairs Department as Acting Northeast Regional Manager. Prior to that he worked as the Plant Environmental Engineer for American Cyanamid Corporation. John has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology.

Clay Crabtree

Clay Crabtree

Director, Federal Government Relations


Clay Crabtree is NMMA’s director of federal government relations. In his role, Clay educates members of Congress and administration officials on policies impacting the recreational boating industry. Prior to joining NMMA, Clay served as policy director for the American Sportfishing Association, focusing on state and federal policies impacting freshwater issues. Clay also worked for a federal agency as a congressional liaison between members of Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services, and he served as an aide for Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), advising the senator on trade and budgetary issues. Clay is a native West Virginian and an avid angler.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson


United States Coast Guard

Eric Johnson is an Engineer with the United States Coast Guard in the Product Assurance Branch of the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety. In this roll Mr. Johnson evaluate reported safety defects and non-compliances and prepares Coast Guard action response and correspondence. Additionally he provides guidance on Federal statutes, safety regulations, and Coast Guard policy regarding recreational boat-building. Mr. Johnson is a member of various Standards bodies including ABYC, NFPA, SAE, ISO, and UL. In his free time Eric is an avid sailboat racer and Triathlete.

Brought to you as part of the IBEX Education Conference and in partnership with National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)

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