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Florida dealers gather for St. Petersburg training show

Florida dealers were provided with two-days of intensive product technical training, in-water demonstrations and one-on-one time with marine manufacturers and vendors.

Haimes Coleman Group announced that this year’s inaugural Florida Marine Dealer Training Show hosted 103 Florida marine dealers with more than 250 attendees at The Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Aug. 24-26.

While participating in the all-inclusive atmosphere, Florida dealers were provided with two-days of intensive product technical training, in-water demonstrations and one-on-one time with 32 of the top marine manufacturers and vendors.

Dunkin Lewis and Haimes Coleman Group, two of the largest manufacturers rep firms in the marine industry, hosted the event with the purpose of providing Florida dealers an event where product knowledge, installation and sales training specific to the accessory, installer, boatyard and independent marine dealer is provided.

Factories such as OceanLED USA, Turning Point Propellers, Humminbird, Minnkota, Uflex, Bennett Marine, 3M, Parker/Racor, CDI, Gold Eagle, Fusion and others were featured.

The event also featured a grand prize drawing of two side-by-side four wheelers from Polaris valued at over $30,000. Abel's Marine from Punta Gorda, Florida and Carp Coastal Marine from Stuart, Florida, won the grand prize drawings.

"The independent marine dealer is the backbone of the marine accessories aftermarket and we felt that they needed their own show in Florida," Dunkin Lewis president Duane Collins said in a statement.

"By joining our staff's and pooling our resources we were able to bring a first class event to the Florida dealers with over 30 leading vendors," Haimes Coleman Group partner Charlie Haimes said. “It taught us that the Florida dealers are starved for individual attention from our major vendors. We hope to make this a yearly event.”

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