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MTAM hosts orientation day

The Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM) in partnership with the Annapolis School of Seamanship recently held their fourth annual Industry Orientation Day in Annapolis, Maryland. Candidates chosen to participate in the orientation event enjoyed a day of informational presentations from industry professionals and guided tours of two local marine businesses. The Orientation Day was designed to familiarize the candidates with ...

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MDCE sets registration record for fourth consecutive year

After four consecutive years of record-breaking registrations, the 2018 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo once again set a record for its April-only earliest-bird registration period. Co-produced by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry, slated for Dec. 9-12, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Fla., the MDCE recorded 195 total dealer registrations for the ...

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Creating a customer experience brings boaters back

Forge an emotional connection to generate more business How do top-ranking dealers create a customer experience that brings boaters back to the water?  More often than not, establishing an emotional connection is a highly effective way of guaranteeing return business. Port Harbor Marine’s mission statement is specifically designed to create the ultimate boating experience at all five of its Maine ...

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Personal watercraft sales continue market climb

In years past, PWC were often considered a large, somewhat inexpensive gateway to get people into the world of boating. While still true on some occasion, with more and more upgraded models of PWCs coming to market, this is not entirely the case anymore. Not only are new models of PWC getting speedier and sportier, but they’re also growing in ...

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M&P Mercury Sales Ltd.: Continued growth, community involvement leads to success

With four locations around the Vancouver area, M&P Mercury Sales, Ltd. doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.  All of M&P’s previous efforts to strive for the best landed them a No. 8 spot on Boating Industry’s Top 100 Dealers of 2017 list. M&P’s headquarters, located in Burnaby, British Columbia, features three large buildings with a total of approximately 64,612 ...

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Digital service, product providers continue innovative efforts

Software and web services strive for business efficiency Like it or not, the digital age is here and it’s here to stay. As each day passes, digital resources become more and more an integral part of everything that we do from personal lives to professional. Various software and web services have been taking aim at the marine industry for years, ...

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Marine Connection expands network with fifth Florida operation

Marine Connection has announced the addition of a new Islamorada, Fla. sales location to its roster of four full-service dealerships operating in West Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Vero Beach. Its fifth new sales facility, located at 80461 Overseas Highway/Mile Marker 80, is an integral part of the forthcoming new Angler’s House Marina & Club, a recently merged two-marina, ...

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Apprenticeship: One approach to tech shortage

Institutions, industry address critical workforce issue The workforce shortage in the marine industry remains in a state of crisis, but companies are taking active steps toward finding and retaining the technicians and skilled laborers of the future. The majority—over 80 percent by some estimation—of marine technicians still gain their core skills through on-the-job training, according to the Marine Career Training ...

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American Boating Congress plans aggressive attendee advocacy

Midterm elections loom large The National Marine Manufacturers Association intends to be politically pugnacious with its attendee outreach during this year’s American Boating Congress.  That’s because the mid-term election clock is ticking and time is running out before new lawmakers are elected and arrive in Washington, D.C. All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 of the ...

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