MDCE hands out exhibitor awards

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Chaparral/Robalo and Wet Sounds won Best In Show awards during the 2014 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which wrapped up Wednesday in Orlando, Fla.

The awards recognize exhibitors for creating engaging and informative displays.

Wet Sounds won in the small-display category (a 10-foot by 10-foot space). Chaparral/Robalo took home the award in the large-display category (a 10-foot by 30-foot space or greater).

“Congratulations to Chaparral/Robalo and Wet Sounds for their creative and intelligently designed spaces,” MDCE and Boating Industry magazine national sales director Kathy Johnson said in a statement. “Chaparral had its boats displayed in a rather unique way, while Wet Sounds had an exciting and engaging layout that really drew visitors into the space.”

Boating Industry co-produces the annual conference in partnership with the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.

Several other awards and scholarships were handed out at the luncheon, including the Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship, the Kevin Lodder Scholarship and ABYC Technical Scholarships.

Mary Jo Goettling, sales manager of Blue Springs (Mo.) Marine, was selected as the recipient of the second annual Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship.

The 2014 Kevin Lodder Scholarship was awarded to Martin Boyer, vice president and general manager of Austin Boats & Motors in Lakeway, Texas, and Kathy Bense, co-owner of Superior Boat Repair & Sales in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Broward College and WyoTech Daytona were selected as recipients of the 2014 Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Technical Scholarships.

Ethan Vorchheimer, of Ess-Kay Yards Inc. in Brewerton, N.Y., and Frank Didonato, of Port Harbor Marine in South Portland, Maine, were selected as recipients of a pair of scholarships sponsored by the MRAA Educational Foundation and the American Boat & Yacht Council.

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