MRAA accepting applications for MDCE scholarships

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The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo has partnered with Soundings Trade Only to offer scholarships for three dealers to attend the three-day educational event in Orlando, Fla., in December.

“We are honored to partner with the MDCE to provide three recipients with access to the incredible educational programming that the event offers,” Dean Waite, publisher of Soundings Trade Only, said in a statement. “We see how important the conference is for the industry and want it to be accessible to all who see it as an opportunity to be better. That’s why, for the third straight year, we have chosen to partner with MDCE to support these scholarships as a chance to learn and grow. Because in the end it’s the power of education that helps our industry flourish.”

Each scholarship includes an MDCE standard dealer registration, as much as $450 in travel reimbursement and a three-night stay at the MDCE’s host hotel. The value is $1,396 per scholarship.

“We are grateful to Soundings Trade Only for continuing this partnership to provide some deserving dealers with a chance to attend MDCE,” said Matt Gruhn, president of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, which produces the annual event, along with Boating Industry.

“We hear the impact straight from the dealers after each conference. It remains a consistent theme in the eyes of the dealer community that MDCE is powerful, inspiring and an undeniable value-add in their business, so what’s inspiring to us is to present this opportunity to those who actively desire to participate, but wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.”

Dealers can apply for the MDCE scholarship by completing an application at The scholarship committee will consider two aspects of the application: how candidates plan to put what they learn at MDCE to work in their business and their financial need. Recipients will be chosen and notified in early November.

The 2017 MDCE will take place Dec. 10-13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. It will feature nine pre-conference workshops; four concurrent educational tracks; three dealer-to-dealer roundtable sessions; an opening and closing keynote; and an expo hall with 100 exhibitors, plus special events.


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