Important Updates

Online registration has closed. Walk-up registration will be available at the USRowing Help Desk, beginning Thursday, November 30.

2017 “Business of Rowing”

The 2017 “Business of Rowing” program, presented by RegattaCentral, will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, as part of the USRowing Convention.

Continue to monitor this website for more information about this program.

For information about other programs at this year’s USRowing Convention, click here.

USRowing’s popular “Business of Rowing” program is THE place for rowing’s administrators and decision makers to come together.

Network and learn from experts and peers from around the country about the unique challenges facing rowing organizations of all sizes.

Registration Information

**Online registration for the 2017 USRowing Convention has been extended through Friday, November 17 – Don’t miss your chance to secure one of the few remaining spots in Sarasota!**

Click the link below to register for this program, along with the option to add other programs to your cart.

Registration for this event is $75.

Bundle this program with the “America Rows Inclusion & Adaptive Rowing Forum” and “Regatta Management” tracks to receive a $75 discount. Simply add all three programs to your cart and the discount will be reflected at Checkout.

**The USRowing Convention is open to USRowing members. Attendees must be USRowing Basic members with the Regatta or Coaches Package add-on, or Championship level members.**

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Program Information

  • RegattaCentral

    Speakers: Traci Stocker & Steve Lopez 
    Traci Stocker and Steve Lopez will join us to talk about the latest innovations
    coming to the Regatta Central management platform and they will answer all
    your questions about what Regatta Central can do for you and your organization.

    “Fundamentals of Fundraising”

    Speaker: Amanda Kraus
    Amanda Kraus, founder and executive director of Row New York and adjunct
    assistant professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, will
    inspire and teach your organization how to fundraise, secure grants and build
    lasting relationships within your community.

    “Recruiting and Hiring Coaches” (Administrators Only)

    Athletes may win the races, but your coaches and staff are crucial in providing a
    positive environment for athletes to thrive. Today, finding the right people goes
    well beyond resumes. Administrators will learn how to find the right candidates,
    how to protect their athletes and organization, and what USRowing and the
    Center for SafeSport consider best hiring practices in sports today.

    “Double-Goal Coach: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons” (Coaches Only)

    Speaker: Positive Coaching Alliance
    The research and experiences of great coaches across the country is clear:
    positive is powerful. In this highly interactive workshop – sparked by video-based
    advice from top pro athletes and coaches on PCA’s National Advisory Board –
    attendees explore why and how to pursue both winning and the more important
    goal of teaching life lessons through sports.

    Attendees will leave the workshop as a PCA-certified Double-Goal Coach!

    “Corporate Team Building, One Stroke At A Time”

    Speaker: Tom Feaster
    Rowing is a life-long sport, but people take their first stroke at a variety of ages.
    Tom Feaster, president of The Stewards Foundation in Tampa, Florida, will explain why corporate rowing is your next untapped market and how you can offer team
    building exercises to grow your organization.

    “Year Round Revenue”

    Speakers: Matt Knifton, Kane Larin, Stephen Rodriguez, Bob Whitford, Tom
    Feaster, Steve White
    Being able to row year round doesn’t just help avoid those dreaded weeks stuck
    on the rowing machine, it opens up a world of business opportunities. The ‘Year
    Round Revenue’ panel of rowing business experts will share its insight into new
    ways to increase revenue and use your location to your advantage.

    The panel consists of Matt Knifton (owner of Texas Rowing Center), Kane Larin (Director of Programs and Operations at Community Rowing, Inc.), Stephen Rodriguez (CEO of SANCA), Bob Whitford (Operations Manager of SANCA), Tom Feaster (president of The Stewards Foundation) and Steve White (Director of Rowing at The Stewards’ Foundation).

    “Member Services Partner Panel”

    Speakers: Susan Smith, Jules Zane, John Wik, Wendy Pierce, Traci Stocker
    Membership Services staff at USRowing will sit down with their partners at
    Regatta Central (Traci Stocker) and Roehrs Insurance (Wendy Pierce) to answer
    your questions about organizational best practices and available services. The
    panel will conclude with breakout sessions to close out the day, which will offer
    one-on- one opportunities to discuss improvements, ask questions and fix

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Speakers & Presenters

  • Kane Larin

    Special Projects, Major Gifts
    Community Rowing Inc.

  • Traci Stocker

    Account Manager: United States

  • Steve Lopez

    Founder, President & Chief Architect

  • Amanda Kraus

    Founder and Executive Director, Row New York

    Adjunct Assistant Professor, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

  • Tom Feaster

    President and High Performance Director
    The Stewards Foundation

  • Matt Knifton

    Texas Rowing Center

  • Stephen Rodriguez

    President and CEO
    Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA)

  • Bob Whitford

    Director of Facilities & Operations
    Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA)

  • Wendy Pierce

    Account Manager
    Roehr’s Insurance

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