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.

More awards handed out at Marine Dealer Conference & Expo

ORLANDO, Fla. – The manufacturer of the year award, Darlene Briggs woman of the year award and the Jerry Martin journalism award were presented Wednesday at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. Brunswick Corp. was named the Marine Retailers Association of America’s manufacturer of the year for its dedication to its dealer network. “We’re only…more

Marine Dealer Conference & Expo awards handed out

ORLANDO, Fla. – A number of awards were given out at a luncheon Tuesday at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, including the Irv Rosenthal award and the Bill Ferguson award. Paxson St. Clair, president of Cobalt Boats, was honored with the Rosenthal Award, given annually to someone who has made a difference to marine…more

Conference speaker says dealer-manufacturer relationship has to improve

ORLANDO, Fla. – The only way to make real changes in the marine industry is for dealers and manufacturers to work together. That was the message Noel Osborne, from Osborne and Associates, had for attendees of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which runs through today. “I suggest that this conference needs to call for…more

Marine dealers urged to respond quicker

ORLANDO, Fla. – Dealers have a 20 percent conversion rate on leads that get a response within two hours, Bob McCann told attendees at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, so why then is the industry’s average response time 23.91 hours? “The Internet doesn’t sell boats, the good dealers do,” McCann said. “The Internet is…more

Conference keynote: Know the value of your customer

ORLANDO, Fla. – What do the marine industry and Disney have in common? Both make their customers dreams come true. That was the message from Rob Morten, of the Disney Institute, who presented the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo keynote address on “Leading Through Turbulent Times.” But he also told attendees, “Nobody has to come…more

Marine dealer conference sees larger crowd

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo opened Monday with nearly triple the number of attendees and nearly double the number of exhibitors as last year’s event, organizers said. “I’m a little overwhelmed by what’s going on,” said conference committee chairman John Vallely Jr. “We had a vision and the vision got big…more

Marine dealer conference is under way

  The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo starts today in Orlando, Fla. Organizers say more than 400 dealers have pre-registered for the event and more than 70 marine industry suppliers have signed up to sponsor or exhibit at this year’s conference. Tonight’s keynote address on leading through turbulent times will be given by the Disney…more

Early registration for MRAA conference ends Friday

Early-bird registration for the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Orlando, Fla., expires Friday. Early registration is $349, $50 less than the standard rate. Additional attendees from the same dealership can register for the special rate of $329. MDCE has created a “social” registration option to allow dealer family members who…more

Marine dealer conference in November

The 2009 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo schedule is set for Nov. 16-18 in Orlando, Fla., and organizers say the agenda has been revised to deliver what marine dealers have requested. Following a nationwide survey of marine dealers, the MDCE created an educational agenda that focuses on the four topics that dealers said would be…more

Dealer conference moves to Orlando

The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo is moving to Orlando, Fla., this year, with the event set for Nov. 16-18 at the Coronado Springs Resort. The theme for the 2009 conference is “GPS: Growth, Profitability and Solutions for Navigating Today’s Market.” Under this theme, dealers will have access to nearly twice content as last year.…more

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