MDCE 2012: Organizers report record attendance

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The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., co-produced by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry, debuted as the largest in conference history.

More than 900 people pre-registered, up 5 percent from last year. The more than 500 dealers registered represent the highest dealer attendance for the dealer conference. With more than 183,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 100 sponsors and exhibitors, this year’s expo hall is also the largest yet, the MRAA and Boating Industry said in a statement.

Beyond the expo hall, attendees have an opportunity to attend more than 20 educational sessions from some of the biggest names in the marine industry. Educational funding support is provided by the National Marine Distributors Association.

“We’re very excited about this year’s conference,” Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet said in a statement. “The dealers attending are going to get a chance to experience our best group of educational sessions yet, plus a packed exhibit hall filled with great products and services from some of the leading manufacturers and suppliers.”

Several companies are sponsoring this year’s conference — ADP Lightspeed, ARI, Boat Trader, Forest River Marine, Manheim Specialty Auctions, Nautic Global Group, Regal Marine, Starcraft Marine and the Smoker Craft family of products and Volvo Penta.

Global Marine Insurance is the 2012 digital sponsor.

Official sponsors include Bennington Marine, Brunswick Boat Group, GE Capital, Tigé Boats and Soundings Trade Only.

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