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 2010: Dealers share best practices

ORLANDO, Fla. – One of the most popular sessions at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo was “The Best Ideas for Success in the Current Economy” panel, which featured low-cost, innovative ideas from five dealers and allowed the audience to vote on the best one. The winner, who will be announced later today, will receive…more

MDCE 2010: Former MRAA chairman honored

ORLANDO, Fla. – John Sima, former chairman of the Marine Retailers Association of America, received the Irv Rosenthal Award Tuesday during a luncheon at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. Sima is owner and president of Sima Marine, a family-owned dealership and marina in Ohio. “I’ve learned more than I’ve given,” Sima said of the…more

MDCE 2010: MRAA elects new board members

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Marine Retailers Association of America elected new board members Monday at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. Dave Foulkrod, of Consolidated Marine, was elected chairman of the association, replacing Ed Lofgren, who has held the position for the last two years. Steve Baum, of Boat Owners Warehouse, was elected vice chairman,…more

MDCE 2010: Speaker stresses rapid response on Web

ORLANDO, Fla. – Those who arrived early at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo took advantage of three bonus sessions that offered insights into boat buying. Frank Peterson, president and CEO of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, discussed the results of a recent survey that shows who is buying boats. Thetford/Norcold presented a session…more

MDCE 2010: Know your customer and your business

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo started Monday with two speakers who provided out-of-the-box suggestions for accelerating business innovation as well as insights about the approaches a salesperson needs to take to sell a product. Dan Coughlin, who spoke on innovation, told the audience about a day three years ago when he…more

Dealer conference opens in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – Close to 1,000 people are expected to participate in this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which begins today at the Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Plaza Hotel. Organizers said 920 preregistered for this year’s event, which is in Orlando for the second consecutive year. That’s up from the 743 who…more

Head of RBFF to speak at dealer conference

Frank Peterson, president and CEO of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, will speak at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, set for Sunday though Wednesday in Orlando, Fla. Peterson will present new research to help the industry better understand consumer attitudes toward boat purchases. “The boating lifestyle has not waned. People are going to…more

Marine events roundup

The Tampa Boat Show, ABBRA courses and the 2010 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo are on the horizon. Thousands of boaters are expected to visit the 2010 Tampa Boat Show, set for Sept. 10-12 at the Tampa Convention Center. Hundreds of the latest boats and accessories will be in display. The area’s largest boat show…more


Hopeful crowds pack dealer conference

First year in Orlando sees increase in attendance and exhibitors as groups look to a recovery Seasoned industry veterans, as well as newcomers, hailed this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo as a success for an increase in educational seminars, exhibit hall space and peer networking opportunities. “I’ve gone to every MRAA conference there has…more

Floorplan loans are top concern at dealer conference

ORLANDO, Fla. – The education portion of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo concluded Wednesday with three panel discussions on a wide range of the most pressing issues facing the industry. “The State of the Lending Industry,” panel featuring those involved in commercial and retail financing, was moderated by Bill Thompson of Cardinal Points Network…more

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