NMDA returns as sponsor of dealer conference

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The National Marine Distributors Association has signed on for the sixth straight year as an education sponsor for the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.

The 2017 MDCE will be held Dec. 10-13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. It is co-produced by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry.

The NMDA promotes boating to consumers, promotes wholesale distributors as the best way for manufacturers to move products and promotes independent marine outlets as the best places to buy and sell products.

“We see the MDCE as the ultimate way to help support dealers and their ability to deliver quality products and services to today’s boaters,” NMDA executive director Nancy Cueroni said in a statement. “We support the educational programming to help bolster the quality of speakers and to help ensure that the event offers the latest trends and insights for success in today’s markets.”

In additional to the promotional programs noted above, the NMDA offers a sales training, education and purchasing event for its members, a supplier of the year award, a distribution profit report and an executive conference where meetings between distributors and manufacturers are prearranged.

“NMDA has been passionate about its mission to promote independent marine outlets through its support of both the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the MDCE,” said Matt Gruhn, president of the MRAA.

“They’ve come to us year after year with a desire to directly support the educational programming that we use to help our retailers grow and find greater success, and we are grateful for this great relationship."