MDCE

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.

Dealer conference adds speaker

Consultant and speaker John Spence was added as a speaker at this fall’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. Spence has had many high-profile clients for his speaking engagements through the years, including Pepsi, General Electric, the PGA Tour and last year’s Sail America conference. “We hired Jeffrey Gitomer as our keynote this year” at the…more

Keynote speaker named for dealer conference

New York Times best-selling author and speaker Jeffrey Gitomer was named the keynote speaker for the 2013 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, set for Nov. 17-20 in Orlando, Fla. “We’re super-pumped because we’ve been wanting to get him for years,” Matt Gruhn, president of show co-sponsor Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, told Trade Only…more

Deadline nears for dealer conference discount

Marine retailers who are looking to register at the lowest possible rate for the annual Marine Dealer Conference & Expo can save up to $150 per person if they sign up by the end of the day on Tuesday. “The 2013 MDCE is already making some phenomenal progress with registrations,” Marine Retailer Association of the…more

MDCE offers additional discount for registering this month

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is kicking off registration for the 2013 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo with a promotion that will last through April. Dealers who register during April receive an extra $25 discount on top of the standard $50 early bird discount off the full registration rate of $499. MRAA members…more

Dealer conference plans changes for November

Following on the heels of five consecutive years of growth in dealer attendance, the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo is preparing to set new records in 2013. The event, which will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 17-20, will reinvent its educational lineup, offering dealers a new depth and…more

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Retail’s rising stature

Dealer conference’s success is called a reflection of the growing importance of quality dealer networks A record turnout, an all-time high in exhibit space and a stream of rave reviews for the 2012 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo all point to a growing recognition of the clout of the show and the quality of the…more

Dealer conference reports attendance gain

The 2012 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo attracted a record number of attendees and expo space last week in Orlando, Fla. More than 500 dealers attended, an increase of 7 percent from 2011, show organizers said. Nearly 1,000 members of the marine industry attended the conference this year at the Orange County Convention Center. With…more

Canadian dealer honored for customer outreach

Bob Pappajohn of M&P Mercury Sales won an award for Best Idea of the Year at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which took place this week in Orlando, Fla. Pappajohn’s dealership in Burnaby, British Columbia, won for its efforts to sell to non-traditional boater populations. They included an outreach to the Chinese community through…more

MDCE 2012: Award winners honored at ceremony

Debbie Meigs received the Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award at the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas lunch and awards ceremony Wednesday sponsored by Regal Marine at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. Meigs, who has worked in Cobalt Boats’ customer service department for 26 years, said she teared up when she…more

MDCE 2012: Panel urges ‘backbone’ to fight regulations

The marine industry needs to come together to lobby Congress and fight regulations that are adding costs to the price of boats without adding value for the consumer, and builders might even consider lawsuits to counter some of the regulations that already have been enacted. That was the message from four industry giants who sat…more

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