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 seeks entries for panel discussion

The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo is looking for creative innovations with its Best Ideas program. The program, created to foster and reward dealer-to-dealer learning, is in its fourth year. Boat Trader is sponsoring the panel this year. A panel of marine industry professionals will review the applications. The dealers who submit the top ideas…more

Dealer conference announces 2012 seminars

Track sessions were recently announced for this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, set to take place Nov. 11-14 in Orlando, Fla. A track called “You’ve Got Questions; We’ve Got Answers” will seek to show how to increase business and profits while improving the overall health of a dealership. A seminar called “Benchmark Your Marina’s…more

Dealer conference names keynote speaker

The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo announced its keynote speaker for 2012. The conference, which takes place Nov. 11-14 in Orlando, will feature author and internationally recognized speaker Robert Stevenson in a presentation titled “How the Best Get Better.” Stevenson will provide concrete strategies to help dealers improve sales, customer loyalty and referral business by…more

Dealer conference reports strong early registrations

Registrations for this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in November are already setting records, and brochures haven’t even been printed yet. The MDCE said nearly 250 people have registered for the event, a record-setting early registration total. More than 170 dealers have signed up, representing more than a third of last year’s dealer total,…more

Dealer conference seeks seminar proposals

Organizers of the 2012 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo are seeking proposals for seminars for this year’s conference, set for Nov. 11-14 in Orlando, Fla. Presentations should be directed at an audience of marine dealership professionals ranging from dealership principals and general managers to employees and managers of such departments as sales, marketing, service, parts,…more

Dealer conference reports 2011 attendance

The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo saw a more than 1 percent increase in dealer attendance this year, organizers announced, although total attendance was down about 2.5 percent for the Nov. 6-9 event. The event, produced by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry magazine, was attended by 471 dealers, compared with…more

Attendance up at dealer conference in Orlando

The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo is under way in Orlando, Fla., and organizers said that more than 470 dealers are there for this year’s event, a slight increase from last year. The conference, which is co-produced by the Marine Retailers Association of America and Boating Industry magazine, is offering a record-breaking 22 seminars and…more

Dealer conference offers first-time discount

The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, set for Nov, 6-9 in Orlando, Fla., is offering first-time dealer attendees a registration fee of $299, which is $150 off the regular rate. The rate, good through June 30, is available only for dealer personnel who haven’t attended the conference in the last three years. “The dealers who…more


Survivors share ideas at dealer conference

Attendance was up at November’s MDCE, as the retailing segment looks toward a brighter 2011 The number of marine dealers has shrunk significantly in recent years, but the hundreds of dealer personnel who attended the recent Marine Dealer Conference & Expo are not only surviving, but also are finding new ways to keep their businesses…more

Awards handed out at MDCE

Numerous awards were handed out Wednesday during a luncheon at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. The Jerry Marine Journalism Award was presented to Norm Schultz, who writes Soundings Trade Only’s semiweekly “Dealer Outlook” blog. The award was created in memory of Jerry Martin, the MRAA’s first director of development and the…more

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