Transportation Guru to Share Vision with Marine Industry January 15, 2015

In addition to following trends within the marine industry, marine industry leaders need to stay aware of trends outside the industry that may affect their livelihoods.

That’s why on Wednesday, January 21 at 4:30 p.m., Gabe Klein, a transportation industry expert who is known for making cities less car-centric and more people-friendly, will speak to members of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and American Boat Builders and Repairers Association in the Chart Room at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. Following his remarks, at 6 p.m. guests are invited to join a networking reception with cocktails and hor d’ouevres that kicks off the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s annual three-day conference at the hotel.

Klein will discuss his vision of the future and how major public and private investments in transportation and infrastructure are shaping the South Florida community. According to Klein, cities are changing and regaining popularity as primary living spaces and many major cities, including Fort Lauderdale, are on the water. He will comment on lessons learned and examples of how other communities in the Unites States are working together to improve their transportation and infrastructure through smart development.

“Nothing good ever happens unless someone takes a risk, takes a leadership role and is willing to make mistakes,” Klein said in the Toronto Star. “Otherwise, you end up with run-of-the-mill improvements that are not game-changers.”

“As members of the marine industry, it’s important to understand how technology and innovation are changing the world we live in,” says Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

Klein, former top transportation official for the city of Chicago and the District of Columbia, advises a number of technology/transportation startups, including Bridj, a next-generation flexible mass-transit company. Klein served as a vice president for Zipcar, overseeing the car sharing system in the D.C. region and co-founded On the Fly, an electric vehicle vending company. In 2014, Gabe had a six-month fellowship at the Urban Land Institute where he traveled around the U.S. speaking about entrepreneurial public leadership and positioning transportation as a transformative public investment.

“Cities are becoming full of people 24-7, and we need to realize how that interconnects with our community, rethink how we approach things and respond to those changes,” Purcell says. “Gabe’s vision and experience fit just that bill.”

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