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 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

MDCE 2012: Demographic trend could boost industry

Four industry giants think the changing demographics in the United States are creating a huge opportunity for the marine industry. “The demographic trends in the United States don’t really concern us. We see that as an upside for us,” Yamaha Marine Group president Ben Speciale said during a leaders panel at the Marine Dealer Conference…more

MDCE 2012: Certification program honors dealers

Marine Five Star Dealer Certification, one of the core elements of the Grow Boating initiative, announced on Wednesday the recipients of two new awards to honor certified marine dealerships for best practices and for being the best places to work. Dealers received their awards at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. They…more

MDCE 2012: Builders sign dealers while at conference

Several boatbuilders attending the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., this week said they were successful finding and signing new dealers to fill gaps in distribution. John Dorton of Bryant Boats told Soundings Trade Only that by day’s end Tuesday it had seven new prospects. “We’ve had a lot of interest,” Ron Bibee,…more

MDCE 2012: Discover Boating joins with marina initiative

Welcome to the Water is coming to National Marina Day. Discover Boating is joining the initiative, launched years ago by the Association of Marina Industries, that had primarily been a celebration of marinas, Discover Boating vice president of marketing Carl Blackwell said at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which wraps up today in Orlando,…more

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