Dealer conference opens with reception on Sunday

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Organizers of the 2014 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo will open the industry’s annual dealer event on Sunday with a cocktail and networking reception.

Sponsored by Dominion Marine Media, the reception will feature live entertainment from the acoustic group the Bayside Boys, as well as drinks, hors d’oeuvres and plenty of time for conference-goers to mingle and network in advance of the pre-conference workshops that will take place Monday morning.

“Dominion Marine Media is excited to again sponsor the official kickoff to MDCE, as it’s the largest and most comprehensive dealer event of the year,” Dominion vice president of marketing Courtney Chalmers said in a statement. “This reception is highly anticipated and provides an ideal setting for dealers and industry professionals to catch up with one another and meet new friends before the conference commences. We’re proud to partner with MDCE to make this event possible and we’re looking forward to another successful year.”

The opening night reception begins at 6 p.m. and is open to all conference registrants. It represents the first of three opportunities during the event for conferees to network with peers, show organizers and key conference speakers.

The event will be held on the Expo Hall Floor of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The MDCE will be held at the convention center and the adjacent Rosen Centre Hotel and will continue through Wednesday.

“Networking opportunities are one of the most valuable components of MDCE that we can offer attendees,” said Amy Collins, publisher of Boating Industry, which produces the annual event in partnership with the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas. “Once again, we look forward to hosting a fun, fabulous event to get the conference started on a high note and get dealers excited about the days’ education opportunities that are to come.”