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.

MDCE 2012: Demographics will determine industry’s future

Socioeconomic strides must be made if the growing minority populations will get into boating. That was the message Steve Murdock, former director of the U.S. Census Bureau and a sociology professor at Rice University, delivered during a seminar at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which wraps up today in Orlando, Fla. “There’s no coming…more

MDCE 2012: MRAA president addresses young industry leaders

By 2015, Generation Y will outnumber the baby boomers — a population that sees 10,000 people retire each day. That’s according to Marine Retailers Association of the Americas president Matt Gruhn, who spoke to a crowd of about 100 Tuesday night at the opening event of the Young Professionals Community at the Marine Dealer Conference…more

MDCE 2012 VIDEO: Interview with keynote speaker

Trade Only senior reporter Chris Landry caught up with the keynote speaker of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo — motivational speaker, trainer and author Robert Stevenson — moments before he took the stage and delivered his message to an audience of 650. Click play for the interview with Stevenson. Stevenson, 60, of Clearwater, Fla.,…more

MDCE 2012 VIDEO: Interview with the MRAA president

The industry’s dealers are coming back, and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas wants to provide them with the education they need to succeed and bridge the gap between them and manufacturers, the president of the association told Soundings Trade Only on Monday. “We have a lot of new opportunities and resources for dealers,”…more

MDCE 2012: Social media firm upgrades MRAA membership

Josh Chiles is on a roll. The 33-year-old founder and CEO of Engaged, a company that helps marine dealers customize the level of assistance they receive to manage social media, has had a pretty big couple of months. It’s now an official premier partner with the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, Chiles told Soundings…more

MDCE 2012: Discover Boating plans movie-theater ads

Welcome to the Water is adding a screen. The Discover Boating program, which has been so successful on Facebook that Facebook did a case study on the program to ask how it was able to grow so fast, is going to market-test 30-second videos in movie theaters in 2013. “Imagine that on the big screen,…more

MDCE 2012: MRAA touts membership benefits

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas tripled the number of benefits it offers members in the year Matt Gruhn has headed the organization. That was Gruhn’s message for attendees at a breakout session of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which is taking place in Orlando, Fla., and produced by the MRAA in conjunction…more

MDCE 2012: Keynote speaker urges new ideas

Laramar Apartments couldn’t make money on pet deposit collections. An official with the Chicago-based investment company, which boasts a $1 billion portfolio, was telling team members from around the country that it was difficult to get people to pay the deposits because “people lie.” It was then that a property manager from Tulsa, Okla., spoke…more

MDCE 2012: Organizers report record attendance

The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., co-produced by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry, debuted as the largest in conference history. More than 900 people pre-registered, up 5 percent from last year. The more than 500 dealers registered represent the highest dealer attendance for the dealer conference. With…more

MDCE 2012 VIDEO: Organizers talk about show opening

The largest-ever Marine Dealer Conference & Expo opened this morning with a 5 percent increase in registered attendees, according to the show organizers. “We’re excited, attendance is up a bit and we still have to look forward to onsite registration, as well — that is usually another 50 people,” said Amy Collins, the group publisher…more

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