Early registration opens for 2014 dealer conference

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Registration is under way for the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which organizers say features more educational offerings and more expo hall time than ever before.

Co-produced by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry magazine, the conference is scheduled to take place Nov. 16-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

For the first time in the event’s history, attendees can select from four educational tracks — Leadership, Sales, Marketing and Service Plus — designed to address the most critical aspects of marine dealer operations.

Pre-conference workshops, which were introduced in 2013, will return with an even more impactful lineup of hands-on sessions that organizers say attendees won’t find anywhere else.

Lastly, the event will now include an opening and closing keynote address.

“Every aspect of this event is designed to make a real difference in the working lives of our attendees,” MRAA education director Liz Walz said in a statement. “That’s why we have increased our investment in the MDCE educational lineup for the second year in a row. This year’s expanded agenda offers more real-life solutions to dealers’ toughest problems and more proven paths to new opportunities than any MDCE yet.”

Dealers who register before Sept. 19 will receive a $25 early bird discount off the full registration rate of $499. Members of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas receive an additional $75 off their registration, for a total discount of $100.

“While education is a top priority for MDCE attendees, dealers have also asked us for more networking time on the expo floor,” Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet said. “In response, we took a fresh approach to the schedule that will allow both attendees and exhibitors to make the most of their time at MDCE.”

This year’s host hotel will be the Rosen Centre, which is adjacent to the convention center. As a bonus for 2014, the MDCE expo floor is directly across the walkway from the Rosen Centre.