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Full speed ahead for Miami show: A Q&A with Thom Dammrich

One of the biggest changes in the Miami International Boat Show’s 75-year history takes place this year, as the show moves from Miami Beach to the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Key. The move has been the subject of plenty of discussion and controversy, with the village of Key Biscayne and others objecting to the new location, ...

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Economic Snapshot: Builder confidence at highest level since 2005

Builder confidence rose this month, returning to levels seen at the end of 2005 near the completion of the housing boom. Builder confidence The Housing Market Index rose three points to 64 in October, the highest the index has seen in nearly a decade. The index has held in the 60s since June 2015. “With October’s three-point uptick, builder confidence ...

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Q&A with Mike Abrashoff, MDCE Closing Keynote speaker

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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How to add an extra $50,000 to your bottom line this offseason

What are your plans for this offseason? Will you be focused on a few strategic initiatives? Tinkering here and there with little things that got away from you this busy season? Or maybe resting from an outstanding selling season? (Many of my coaching clients have reported enormous years) Well, if you are interested in actually working to grow your boat ...

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Q&A with MDCE opening keynote speaker Steve McClatchy

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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The myth of branding

MattAsk almost any manufacturer’s marketing department or dealership owner about the goal for their marketing, you’ll get one of a few answers. “We are getting our name out there.”  “We are building our brand.” What do you think? Should those be the goals of your marketing and the marketing/advertising dollars you spend? If that’s your approach, you’ve also probably had ...

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National Manufacturing Day inspires the manufacturers of tomorrow

The marine industry will see a large number of its manufacturing professionals retire in the next 10 years, and it is imperative that the industry does whatever it can to ensure it has an employable manufacturing workforce. The issue is not unique to boating; indeed, as the country continues to emphasize bringing manufacturing back to the U.S., many industries are ...

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Economic Snapshot: Unemployment holds at 5.1 percent

The  unemployment rate decline slowed a bit this month, remaining relatively unchanged at 5.1 percent. Employment situation Total nonfarm private employment increased by 142,000 in September and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.1 percent. The number of unemployed persons changed little at 7.9 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by ...

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