Navico lays out goals after robust 2015

DUCK KEY, Fla. — Marine electronics company Navico saw double-digit revenue growth in 2015, capturing market share and riding a wave of new products that collected a handful of industry innovation awards, company executives said Tuesday.

There were more than 100 exhibitors and a sold-out expo hall.

Learning doesn’t end at the MDCE exits

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has turned the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo into a mammoth learning experience, but the learning can continue throughout the year with membership in the association. That was the principal message from MRAA president Matt Gruhn at the MDCE State of the Industry luncheon. “The MRAA has gone…more

Author Steve McClatchy gave simple leadership advice in his keynote: Use a calendar to self-motivate.

‘Best MDCE yet’

The number of participants at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo reached an all-time high this year of 1,147, marking another spurt in the event’s steady annual growth.

MDCE 2015: MRAA foundation hands out technical scholarships

ORLANDO, Fla. — During the final afternoon of the 2015 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, industry educational leaders highlighted the current shortage of marine technicians, calling upon the entire industry to help recruit the workforce’s next generation of students.

Matt Gruhn explains the benefits of being a member of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas during a state-of-the-industry luncheon Tuesday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando during the MDCE.

MDCE 2015 VIDEO: MRAA details new membership benefits

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has consistently improved its Marine Dealer Conference & Expo during the last few years, adding education and training opportunities, but the benefits will keep rolling in throughout the entire year with membership in the association, MRAA president Matt Gruhn told dealership professionals.

Bestselling author Steve McClatchy told the MDCE audience in Orlando Monday night that true leadership improves as well as maintains a business.

MDCE 2015: Dealer conference opens with fiery keynote address

ORLANDO, Fla. — A record number of marine dealer professionals gathered for the 2015 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo Monday night, taking in a fiery, animated keynote speech from bestselling author and motivational speaker Steve McClatchy.

IBEX is a place where innovation abounds and there was more new product on display at this year’s show than at any in recent memory.

IBEX rethinks Louisville as show location

There is no disputing that the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will be held in Tampa, Fla., in 2016 and 2018. Whether the industry showcase for new products and innovation returns to Louisville, Ky., is up in the air.

Pursuit dealers today and Thursday will test an array of boats from the Fort Pierce, Fla., company, including the C 238 Center Console and the OS 355 Offshore. Pursuit also will host a VIP event for pre-qualified customers on Friday.

VIDEO: Pursuit Boats dealers gather to see new models

SARASOTA, Fla. — About 40 domestic and international Pursuit Boats dealers are gathering here today at the Hyatt Regency to get their first look at two new boats from the Fort Pierce, Fla., builder — along with several other models ranging from 26 to 38 feet — and learn about what’s on tap in 2016.

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