More than 600 dealers were among the record 1,130 conferees.

A savvier dealer corps

MDCE participants come home loaded with ideas after their three-day cram course in Orlando

Industry leadership council meets to advance growth strategies

CHICAGO — The Recreational Boating Leadership Council that emerged from the 2011 industry Growth Summit and two subsequent summits met Thursday to continue discussions on six long-term initiatives to implement a 10-year growth plan to transform recreational boating. The RBLC last met at the American Boating Congress in Washington, D.C., in May. The 20 participants…more

Chicago show returns in January

The 2014 Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show will be held Jan. 16-20 at McCormick Place during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Organizers said the show not only offers deals on hundreds of boats and RVs, but it also gives visitors a chance to escape the Midwest freeze and enjoy the outdoors…more

Sunny skies brought out big crowds on each day of the show.

A ‘fantastic’ FLIBS

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show finally caught a break this year in the form of fine Florida weather.

MDCE 2013: Speaker: Dealers need to be vigilant with financing

ORLANDO, Fla. — Consumer finance is not the most exciting element of dealership operations, but speaker Jared Zimlin of Priority One Financial Services warned those attending his seminar Wednesday at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo that the government takes compliance very seriously.

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A challenge to get Hispanics into boating

Companies that ignore the exploding Hispanic population in the United States and fail to engage that market will miss out on long-term business opportunities, conferees at one of many seminars held at IBEX were told.

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Rosy, but realistic

The mood at IBEX was one of optimism for an industry that is making a slow but steady comeback Amid the discussions and networking at IBEX 2013, the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, was the underlying theme that although business is better, growth is going to continue to be slow, compared with the pre-recession era.

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