NMDA purchasing conference kicks off at new location

Author:
Publish date:
ITR Economics keynote Alan Beaulieu predicted an upswing in the second quarter of 2020.

ITR Economics keynote Alan Beaulieu predicted an upswing in the second quarter of 2020.

The National Marine Distributors Association STEP purchasing conference kicked off at its new Rosemont, Ill., venue on Monday with the NMDA’s annual meeting.

Approximately 75 distributors, more than 170 manufacturers and 73 manufacturers sales representatives are attending the conference, and 300-plus buyer/supplier meetings will occur through Friday.

NMDA-2

Keynote speaker Alan Beaulieu, president of ITR Economics, projected a slowing of the economy for the remainder of this year and through the first quarter of 2020, with an upswing beginning in the second quarter next year.

NMDA president Laura Leon of Medart outlined highlights from the past year, including a significant contribution to the American Boat and Yacht Council’s workforce initiatives in conjunction with Evinrude's engine donation program targeting schools. She also honored retiring board member Rick Chang of C.C. Marine Distributors.

The annual meeting ended with a look at future NMDA data and training initiatives.

Related

NMMA Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Regulator Marine’s Joan Maxwell and Bill Watters of Syntec Industries will be honored at IBEX.

Brunswick Acquires SemahTronix

The supplier of wiring harnesses and other electrical assemblies will be part of Brunswick’s growing Advanced Systems Group.

Mercury, Navico Join Electric Race Series

The Brunswick Corp. subsidiaries will provide an e-powertrain and electronics for the new E1 Series, which will feature electric hydrofoil boats.

Rollick and Lightspeed Team Up on Dealer Support

The partnership will give LightspeedEVO dealers access to Rollick’s consumer analytics.

End of an Era

Leon Slikkers retires from Tiara while a new boat is planned.

On a Roll

A pair of new players in the gyroscopic stabilizer market.

Delta Blues

The economic impacts of the pandemic are showing.

To Post (or not To Post)

To post on social media — or not. Perspective counts.