Journalists got a chance Tuesday to test Navico products at a press event in the Florida Keys, including B&G electronics for sailboats. These large multifunction displays were mounted on a 55-foot Oceanis sailboat from Beneteau.

Navico offers look at new product line

DUCK KEY, Fla. — Navico will wrap up a two-day media event today in the Florida Keys where more than 30 journalists got a chance to see firsthand the electronics company’s recently introduced products — and a sneak peek at new devices and technology that will be released later this year.

BoatUS president Margaret Podlich (center) received the 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award. She is flanked by former winner Marcia Kull (left), who is vice president of sales at Volvo Penta and Boating Industry magazine national sales director Kathy Johnson.

It goes beyond ‘a nicer galley’

The recipient of the 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award was energetic and thoughtful as she reflected on the state of women’s involvement in the recreation of boating and in the boating business.

Already applying what they learned

Marine dealers say richer educational content (and more of it), useful seminars and engaging keynote speakers added up to make the 2014 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo a highly valuable event that will help their businesses.

Keynote speaker Chester Elton is considered an expert in the field of company culture and employee engagement.

Energizing the dealer corps

When the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo ended in November after four days of seminars, speakers and networking, it was just the beginning for the organization that co-manages the event, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.

"The technology leaps of Gen V are huge," says Volvo Penta of the Americas president Ron Huibers.

Volvo banking on GM and Gen V

Volvo Penta of the Americas president Ron Huibers wanted to meet with me at FLIBS to talk about gasoline sterndrives. Of course, I agreed, and we got together at the outdoor Volvo Penta display at the Bahia Mar.

MDCE 2014: Volvo Penta debuts new sterndrives with GM engines

ORLANDO, FLA. — Volvo Penta’s new 200- and 240-hp sterndrive engines made their first public appearance at this week’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which wrapped up Wednesday. The 200/240, which are 4.3-liter V-6 catalyzed engines, are the first of a fleet of sterndrives that use General Motors Gen V engines.

MRAA president Matt Gruhn.

MDCE 2014 VIDEO: MRAA president details new initiatives

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced Tuesday that it launched four initiatives to broaden its services to the industry, including improvements to the dealer certification program and the creation of tools to connect employers and job seekers and to foster business-to-business activity.

Author Chester Elton addresses conferees Monday night at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.

MDCE 2014: Keynote speaker stresses ‘emotional connection’

ORLANDO, FLA. — Drawing from three of his business and management books, author Chester Elton told about 1,110 marine industry professionals Monday night at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo that good business hinges on motivating employees so they become emotionally engaged and excited about their jobs.

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