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.

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

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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

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

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