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Final numbers show growth for MDCE 2015

Final tabulations have been completed, and it’s official: the 2015 Marine Dealer Conference and Expo featured more than 4 percent growth in retail attendance, a 21-percent jump in Pre-Conference Workshop registrations, and a sold-out Expo Hall with more than 100 exhibitors. A total of 1,147 marine industry professionals from throughout North America and as far away as Australia traveled to ...

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MDCE 2015 increases attendance with expanded education opportunities


The Marine Dealer Conference and Expo, held on Nov. 15-18 in Orlando, had a record-breaking year for attendance. A total of 1,147 marine industry professionals attended the event, along with over 100 exhibitors. Boating Industry and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas partner to host the event. Total marine retail attendance was 609, an increase of over 4 percent ...

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MDCE 2015 launches with poolside reception

The 2015 Marine Dealer Conference and Expo got underway with a splash Sunday night during a poolside kickoff reception at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. “We have folks from almost all of the 50 states, as well as Canada and even Australia at this year’s convention,” said Liz Walz, vice president of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas—which cohosts MDCE ...

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MDCE names Best Ideas finalists

Four leading boat dealers will share their best ideas for business success at the Dealer-to-Dealer: Best Ideas Panel at the 2015 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. The four finalists for the Best Idea of the Year will offer insight on the marketing ideas that have worked to grow their dealerships in a panel discussion moderated by Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan ...

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Q&A with Mike Abrashoff, MDCE Closing Keynote speaker

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This year's Marine Dealer Conference & Expo will once again feature a Closing Keynote to close out the conference. In "Get Your Ship Together," Mike Abrashoff will share the leadership lessons he learned after taking command of the USS Benfold. When he took charge, morale was low and the performance of the ship ranked near the bottom of the Pacific ...

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Q&A with MDCE opening keynote speaker Steve McClatchy

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Steve McClatchy is a keynote speaker, workshop leader and author of the New York Times Bestseller Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress & Lead by Example. His firm focuses on helping companies and individuals improve performance and achieve outstanding results in a multitude of areas. Steve has spoken before thousands of audiences on the topics of work/life balance, goal achievement ...

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MDCE launches scholarship program

MINNEAPOLIS — The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo will offer three scholarships for the first time in 2015 for dealers to attend the industry’s leading retail education and networking event. The scholarships are offered in partnership with marine trade publication Soundings Trade Only. “We believe in the power of education to help our industry improve and grow,” says Dean Waite, ...

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Marine Dealer Conference & Expo announces 2016 dates

Organizers of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo have announced the dates and location of the 2016 event: December 5-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. These dates, which represent a divergence from MDCE’s traditional mid-November time frame, were selected in response to the new schedule for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. “The Fort Lauderdale show ...

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Early Bird Discount for 2015 MDCE expires September 18


The deadline to register for MDCE and receive the Early Bird Discount is on September 18. Early registrants receive a discount of $25 off their MDCE registration. For MRAA members, this discount is received on top of their $75 membership discount. This year’s event, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 15-18 at the Orange County Convention Center, Rosen Plaza ...

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MDCE unveils 2015 VIP Planning Kit offer

Organizers of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo have launched a VIP Event Planning Kit promotion designed to help attendees plan for and get the most out of their attendance at the 2015 MDCE. In addition to the Early Bird Discount of $25 and an MRAA Member discount of $75, those who register on or before August 31 will receive ...

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