Dealer conference opens with networking reception

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The 2014 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo officially got underway Sunday night with an opening-night reception on the Expo Floor.

During the networking event, dealers were treated to their first glimpse of the MDCE Expo Hall, which features more than 100 exhibitors. Conferees explored more than 41,000 square feet of products and services while the Bayside Boys entertained them.

“One of the things that make in-person events so valuable is the opportunity to form new relationships and strengthen old ones,” Liz Walz, director of education for the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, said in a statement.

The MDCE continues through Wednesday at the Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The MRAA produces the annual event in partnership with Boating Industry magazine.

“Dealers learn just as much from each other and the manufacturers and suppliers here to support them as they do from our expert presenters,” Walz said.

The reception was sponsored by Dominion Marine Media. In addition to the live entertainment, conferees were treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and were able to network before the pre-conference workshops and educational track sessions began this morning.

“The 2014 MDCE is shaping up to be the best one on record,” Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet said. “Dealers are excited about the start of this year’s event and eager to dive head-first into the next three days of educational content.”