Attendance up at dealer conference in Orlando

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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 space for 96 exhibitors in the largest expo hall in the history of the event.

“We continue to be gratified by the importance that dealers are placing in attending this one-of-a-kind event to educate themselves,” MRAA president Phil Keeter said in a statement. “Even in this slow market, an increasing number of dealers take advantage of the value offered to them through the MDCE and continue to invest in their business and in their future.”

Once again, the conference offers three educational tracks: powering profits, sales and marketing and service and marina. The marina content, new for 2011, is offered through a partnership with the Association of Marina Industries and the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association.

All three tracks run today and Wednesday.

Related

Polaris Names CEO and CFO

Previously interim executives, Michael Speetzen was named the CEO and Bob Mack the CFO of the Minnesota-based powersports company.

Sanlorenzo Reports Q1 Financials

The Italian builder continues to gain market share and expects to debut five models at Cannes in September and launch three new lines in 2022.

New Hope for Killing Algae Blooms

Researchers are experimenting with injecting ozone nanobubbles into waterways that burst and cut off the algae’s food supply.

Mercury’s Impact on the Local Economy

A new study shows that the manufacturer has a more than $5 billion annual impact on the Fond du Lac, Wis., community.

Lippert Posts Record Q1

The quarter marked a “watershed moment” for the component supplier, as net sales hit $1 billion.