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.
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.
Four boat dealers who are finalists in the best-idea program will offer insight on the marketing ideas that have grown their dealerships at the 2015 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.
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.
The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, for the first time this year and in partnership with Soundings Trade Only, will offer three scholarships for dealers to attend.
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.
Organizers of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo launched a VIP event planning kit promotion designed to help conferees plan for and get the most out of the conference this year.
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.
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.
Steve McClatchy was named the opening keynote presenter at the 2015 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in November.
Record numbers of marine retailers across North America have registered for the 2015 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, set to take place Nov. 15-18 in Orlando, Fla.