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Florida will host annual NMEA conference

The National Marine Electronics Association said the 2014 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo will return Oct. 8-11 to the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort in Fort Myers, Fla.

The resort was the site of the 2011 NMEA event. The conference and expo will showcase the best in marine electronics in an 11,000-square-foot exhibit area.

The association said the event is expected to attract more than 600 dealers, technicians, distributors, manufacturers and others who design, build, install and service marine electronics for the nation's fleets of recreational and commercial vessels.

"Our 2014 NMEA conference and expo will focus on training, new-product introductions and developments in the technology of marine electronics," NMEA interim executive director and chairman of the board Johnny Lindstrom said in a statement. "This event also provides dealers nationwide with the best face-to-face contact with manufacturers."

Lindstrom said the event has been completely reorganized to provide more education and business opportunities for attending dealers and participating manufacturers.

The NMEA said the industry has responded during the last two years with record attendance and record participation in the beefed-up training classes. The conference and expo is the largest event in North America for the marine electronics trade.

"We've changed everything about the conference to make certain that dealers and technical personnel find it a rewarding training and educational experience that they must not miss," said Brad Good, chairman of the conference committee.

Lindstrom said many manufacturers will use the event to unveil new products for the coming year.

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