The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo is the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ annual conference and member meeting. The MDCE is the marine industry’s only dealer-specific educational conference; the fall event offers educational topics, an expo hall and networking opportunities.

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.

More than 1,200 dealers are expected at the conference this year. Attendance has been rising since the Great Recession ended.

Dealers’ choice at MDCE in 2015

Since Matt Gruhn joined the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas as president in October 2011 he and his team have systematically remade the MRAA’s flagship event, the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.

Dealer conference changes dates for 2016 event

The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo shifted the dates for its 2016 event to Dec. 5-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., to accommodate a shift in the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show’s timing.

Marine technician discussion set for dealer conference

In a special session preceding the 2015 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo’s opening keynote address, marine service expert Valerie Ziebron will lead a panel discussion on solutions to the current shortage of marine technicians.

Dealer conference adds pre-event workshops

Organizers of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo said they expanded the number of pre-conference workshops offered at this year’s event from seven to 12 in response to record-high ratings from 2014 conferees.

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