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MDCE opens call for marine retail case studies


Organizers of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo are asking dealers to respond to their call for dealer case studies, which will close on Friday, April 29. “In response to MDCE attendees’ requests for more dealer-to-dealer education, we are adding a brand new dealer case study to each of the four tracks: Leadership, Sales, Service Plus and Marketing,” Liz Walz, ...

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Registration opens for MDCE 2016


Secure the year’s best prices by signing up to attend the 2016 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo when registration kicks off on April 1. All month long, marine retailers and their teams will save $50 per person off the Full Conference Retail Registration Rate, with members of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas eligible to receive an additional $75 ...

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Industry invited to help shape MDCE 2016

Organizers of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo have begun planning for the 2016 educational agenda, and seek the help of prospective attendees from throughout the boating industry to shape the itinerary. The time commitment? Just three minutes. Take the Pre-MDCE 2016 Attendee Survey Now Each year, the process of building the MDCE educational lineup begins with a thorough review ...

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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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