Boats, Burgers, & Beer: An NMC Networking Night at Mystic Seaport Museum

Are you ready to kick off the last month of summer with us at Mystic Seaport Museum? It's THURSDAY evening from 5:30 - 8:30. If you refreshed your screen to get here, be sure to check your email for parking details! Only those on the guest list will be admitted, as we are SOLD OUT! 

 NMC Boats Burgers Beer Welcome

Hear from special guest speaker Paul Lavoie, CT's Chief Manufacturing Officer, who will share what he's learned so far on his Lean In, Listen, & Learn tour. Then, board a boat for a 20-minute cruise down the river, or stay on land, to hear from NMC members who will share short talks with you.

Between talks, there will be food and time to talk with NMC members, community partners, allies, and guests. This event is open to the public, so invite your friends and colleagues who are currently work in or want to work in Blue Tech, especially those who focus on undersea vehicles, maritime technology, and offshore wind growth.

This is your chance to get together on the beautiful campus of the Mystic Seaport Museum under the Clagett Boat Shed, against the backdrop of the Mystic River.


  • Dress comfortably, ready to connect with others. We are in a venue where they have weddings and large events, so there is plenty of seating and room to spread out on hi-top and banquet tables. You can also venture onto the docks and gravel to enjoy the campus around the Clagett Boat Shed.
    • Boat rides will require walking from our venue to the Liberty dock, and then navigating from the dock to the boat. Consider this when considering footwear and apparel.
  • Bring business cards - virtual and/or paper. Don't miss the chance to connect because you weren't prepared. We have more than 40 companies who will be represented.
  • Bring cash or cards for your beverages. We provide the meal with your entry fee, but you provide your own beverages. The cash bar will include water, soda, and a selection of beers and wines.
  • Stay as long as possible. The bar opens at 5:30 and speakers are talking throughout the evening from 5:40 - 8:05 pm.
    • Fun fact: Sunset is scheduled for 8:01 pm with last light at 8:31, so our event is perfectly timed for some great river sunset photos with your colleagues and fellow NMC community members. 
  • Feel free to take pictures of your memorable moments and connections. Share them on social with #NMCBBB22. Our favorite ones will get a shout out if you tag us on LinkedIn and / or Twitter


Feel free to email [email protected] to get on wait list in case of cancellations. Tickets: Members $20; Community Partners $25; Guests $40.


Your registration fee provides entry to the event, a boat ride (weather permitting), and your meal (hamburger, tossed salad, mac & cheese, tator tots, cookies / brownies). A cash bar (money and cards accepted) will be available for beverages, including soda and water.


Speaker Line Up







For those who prefer print to graphics: 

Paul Lavoie, CT Chief Manufacturing Officer (Keynote Speaker)

  • Title: What I Learned This Year by Leaning In and Listening to CT Manufacturers
  • Summary:  As Chief Manufacturing Officer here in CT, I've visited manufacturers of everything from food to aerospace parts, submersibles to beer. I've been leaning in, listening to what company owners, employees, and folks supporting the industry have shared. From this and my past experience at Carey Manufacturing and within the industry, I've learned a great deal about the pressures you're facing, ideas for improving them, and strategies for building an even stronger community of manufacturers in our state. At the event, I'll share some of my takeaways with you as we kick off our evening together.

Charlie Havens: R&D Technologies  (Member Talk)

  • Title: 3D Printing in Today’s Manufacturing World
  • Summary: Have you ever wondered what 3D printing is and how it fits in with today’s manufacturing? Today’s manufacturing requires many of the same technologies that have been in place for decades; however, some areas have changed, such as materials, applications and functionality, money. Having a prototype of your tooling in your hands within a few hours from design is now critical. The saying “time is money” has never been truer, and in manufacturing, it is all about being first to market or best fit, faster.

Kristin Carlson: Peerless Precision (Member Talk)

  • Title: The Importance of Community Engagement and How It Ties Into Workforce Development
  • Summary: Do you ever look around your company and see more employees heading towards retirement than not? That is exactly what our President saw in 2012, when she took over the reigns of Peerless Precision, Inc. In this short talk, we will talk about the efforts that have been taken over the past decade within our community to ensure that not only were more young people and adults being exposed to manufacturing as a viable career opportunity, support and promote training programs, but also set ourselves up in a way that when we are looking to hire, we needn’t look that far or for too long.

David Schill, Mohawk Northeast (Member Talk)

  • Title: Mohawk's Experience with Offshore Wind
  • Summary: 

    Mohawk Northeast has worked on many projects throughout New England preparing for offshore wind growth. David will share their experience with trying to enter the market as well as the struggles they've experienced with the supply chain. Enjoy a boat ride down the Mystic River during this talk by with David.

Bob Chenal: Hitachi Cable America (Member Talk)

  • Title: How to Work with Prime Contractors AND Sleep Soundly at Night
  • Summary: As a small business, contracts with primes can be the nightmare that keeps you up night after night. Wildly long contracts. Acronyms for days. Terms and conditions longer than the scope of work. You name it; we've had to deal with it just like you! We at Hitachi Cable America have learned some tips that help us within the DIB and other industries to not only sleep at night but do so peacefully. Tonight, we will share these easy-to-implement tips in hopes you too will be sleeping soundly soon. This talk will be held on during a boat ride down the Mystic River.