The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, for the first time this year and in partnership with Soundings Trade Only, will offer three scholarships for dealers to attend.
“We believe in the power of education to help our industry improve and grow, especially when that education brings marine businesses together to build a better boating lifestyle for our customers,” Trade Only publisher Dean Waite said in a statement. “That’s why we’re so passionate about providing dealers who otherwise would miss out on MDCE with a chance to participate through this new scholarship program.”
Each scholarship includes an MDCE Standard Dealer Registration, as much as $450 in travel reimbursement and a three-night stay at the Rosen Plaza Hotel or the Rosen Centre Hotel — a total value of $1,396 apiece.
Marine dealers can apply for a chance to receive an MDCE scholarship by completing the application by Oct. 21. The selection committee will choose the recipients by considering their financial need and how the candidates plan to put what they learn at MDCE to work in their businesses.
This year’s event is scheduled for Nov. 15-18 at the Orange County Convention Center, Rosen Plaza Hotel and Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. It features 12 pre-conference workshops and four concurrent educational tracks —leadership, sales, marketing and service plus — and a Marine Retailers Association of the Americas special session and an opening and closing keynote.
The event includes 35 educational offerings. Conferees are invited to choose whichever combination best fits their needs and desires.
“Dealers tell us what an impact the relationships they build and the training they receive at MDCE has on the success of their business,” said Liz Walz, vice president of MRAA, which produces the annual event in partnership with Boating Industry. “We are incredibly grateful to Soundings Trade Only for making it possible for us to offer that experience to a whole new audience.”
The 2015 MDCE has inspired record dealer registrations this year, compared with the same period of time in previous years. Inspired by marine retailers’ own recommendations for the ideal event, this year’s MDCE campaign theme is “Made New. By You.”