Skip to main content

MDCE 2013 VIDEO: Busy schedule highlights dealer conference

workshop1118

ORLANDO, Fla. — By the time the Orange County Convention Center hall opens at noon today to begin the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., about 150 conferees already will have participated in a series of educational workshops — a new addition to the annual event.

“I think the workshops will be one of the most talked about elements to the conference,” said Matt Gruhn, president of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, which co-produces the show with Boating Industry magazine.

The seven of them, each 90 minutes to three hours, address a specific topic such as developing an action plan for growth, boosting show sales, maximizing profits through service and several mobile and online topics.

Highlights on the opening day agenda include the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas session at 4 p.m., which will feature discussion under the title “With Change (Sometimes) Comes Opportunity.”

Click play to watch Chris Landry introduce the show from Orlando.

Keynote speaker Jeffrey Gitomer, a best-selling author and a sales and leadership authority, takes center stage at 5 p.m. with his presentation, “Amp Up Your Advantage.”

Networking receptions will close out the day’s action today and Tuesday — more than 11 hours of dedicated networking time.

More than 600 dealers are expected to attend this year’s conference, a considerably higher rate of participation than the previous high of 512 last year. More than 30 percent of the dealers who have registered have never attended the MDCE, Gruhn said.

About 100 exhibitors will display products and services across more than 100,000 square feet of exhibitor space. Several are planning to introduce new products at the expo.

The Industry Leaders Panel on Wednesday is slated to include Rick Correll, president of Tige Boats; Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas; Jim Lane, president of Chaparral and Robalo; Bill McGill, president and CEO of MarineMax; and Mark Schwabero, president of Mercury Marine.

MDCE will again culminate with the announcement of the Top 100 Dealers, followed by a dinner and celebration.

Trade Only Today is at the conference and will provide daily reports from Orlando.

— Rich Armstrong

Related

1_WHALESACTION

NMMA: Proposed Speed Rule an ‘Existential Threat’ to Industry

The association is calling on every marine brand, employee and boat owner to file public comment by Oct. 31 over a sweeping regulation to protect North Atlantic right whales.

1_AXOPAR

Axopar and Nimbus Renew Agreement

The boatbuilders have entered an agreement whereby Nimbus Group will retain exclusive rights to sell Axopar boats on the Swedish market.

1_IAN

Hurricane Ian Leaves Devastation in Florida

The storm left a wide swath of destruction, heavily impacting marine interests from Tampa Bay to Marco Island.

Norm

Email Is Your Ticket to Holiday Sales

Developing an effective email campaign can bolster sales and help fill winter coffers at your dealership.

1_NMRA

NMRA Presents Annual Awards

Edson CEO Will Keene and ComMar Sales president Tim Conroy were recognized for their contributions to the marine industry.

1_ PULSE.PING.2

DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.

1_EPROPULSION

EPropulsion, Mack Boring Partner with Crest

Pontoon builder Crest will use an ePropulsion Navy 3.0 Evo electric outboard motor and an E175 battery for its 2023 Current model.

1_BENETEAU

Beneteau Reports Significant H122 Growth

The company reported that its revenue grew 8.6 percent and income increased by 30 percent during the first half of 2022.