Career Day

16th IYRS Career Day
Saturday, March 19, 2022
9 AM - 1 PM
IYRS School of Technology & Trades
Restoration Hall
449 Thames St.
Newport, RI  02840

IYRS Career Day is a hiring and knowledge sharing event that offers the opportunity for companies in the marine trades, design, and modern manufacturing industries to meet job seekers who include IYRS students, alumni, and members of the greater community.

Attendees have the opportunity to learn about job opportunities, meet hiring managers, explore new companies, and learn from industry experts on a variety of topics through educational seminars and Flash Talks. The event attracts companies from across the United States. 


8:30 AM - Booth setup & continental breakfast for exhibitors
9 AM- Career Day begins
9 AM - Attendee Seminar: "Navigating Your Career: A job seeker's guide to finding and landing a great career" with Neal Harrell, owner of Brooks Marine Group
10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM - Industry Flash Talks by Safe Harbor Marinas, SHIPSHAPE PRO, Design Concepts/Marine Concepts, IYRS School of Technology & Trades, Forust Corporation
1 PM - Career Day ends

Navigating Your Career:
A job seeker's guide to finding and landing a great career

Neal Harrell - Owner,
Brooks Marine Group

Neal Harrell brings more than 20 years of management recruiting experience, having placed talent in manufacturing sectors including marine, automotive, textiles, and furniture. In 2002, Neal founded Brooks Marine Group, a search firm specializing in recruiting for recreational boatbuilders, boatyards, marinas, and boat dealerships. 

Neal has served on the Board of Directors of the American Boatbuilders & Repairers Association (ABBRA), the US Superyacht Association, and the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry, RI’s education-at-sea tall ship. He has presented seminars on identifying, hiring, and keeping great employees at dozens of marine industry trade shows, and has coached hundreds of job seekers. 

In 2016, Neal was awarded the RI Marine Trades Association’s John H. Chafee Boater of the Year, recognizing his contributions to the success of the recreational boating industry in the state. He joined a long line of boating luminaries, including the late Ted Hood, Sr., Halsey Herreshoff, and Ken Read.

Career Day Exhibitors

Questions about Career Day?

Contact Jen Iacovelli, Career Development Manager, via email or 401.848.5777 x209.

Exhibitor Sponsorships are sold out. 

  • Amaral Custom Fabrications
  • Arey's Pond Boatyard
  • Artisan Boatworks
  • BLP Marine
  • BoatRx
  • Bridgeport Boatworks
  • Bristol Marine
  • Brooks Marine Group
  • Cay Electronics
  • Chris Electronics
  • Clear Carbon & Components
  • Coecles Harbor Marina & Boatyard
  • Corliss Diesel
  • CT Composites
  • Design Concepts/ Marine Concepts
  • Duffie Boatworks
  • Fast Forward Composites
  • Forust Corporation
  • Graphene Composites USA
  • Harrington Marine Services
  • Hinckley Yachts
  • Hodgdon Yachts
  • IYRS School of Technology & Trades
  • Jamestown Newport Ferry & Coastal Queen
  • Lyman-Morse
  • Macdougalls' Cape Cod Marine Service
  • MarineMax Westbrook
  • McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers
  • McMillen Yachts, Inc.
  • Mystic Seaport Museum
  • New England Bow Thruster
  • New England Sailing Center
  • Newport Yacht Builders
  • Nivo Management Group, Inc.
  • O&G Studio
  • Regal Boats
  • Safe Harbor Marinas
  • Sea and Land Services
  • Strong's Marine
  • Teakdecking Systems
  • Zimmerman Marine

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