Tag Archives: Boating Industry

Marine Dealer Conference & Expo issues calls for presentations

MINNEAPOLIS — Organizers of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo are seeking educational session proposals from potential speakers for the 2016 conference, which will take place Dec. 5-8, 2016, in Orlando. Presentations should be directed at an audience of marine dealership professionals, from dealership principals and general managers to employees and managers working in sales, marketing, service, parts, accessories, finance ...

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New Jersey Senate votes to approve Governor Christie’s call to reduce boat sales tax

TRENTON, N.J. – The Democratic-controlled state Senate in New Jersey voted 33-1 to approve a bill that would reduce the sales tax on all boats bought in the state by 50 percent, according to NJ.com. Governor Christie conditionally vetoed the bill originally, saying the first proposal would have provided relief only for those who buy vessels for more than $285,000. ...

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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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Christie proposes New Jersey boat tax break extend to smaller vessels

Trenton, N.J. – Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill on Monday designed to spur New Jersey’s boat-building industry by reducing the sales tax paid on expensive vessels, as originally reported in a story on Press of Atlantic City. Christie wants changes to the bill and is willing to sign a revised version, as long as owners of smaller vessels ...

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Automobiles in use are older than ever

Trends in the automotive industry tend to make their way into the marine industry eventually, so a recent study regarding the average age of the automotive fleet in the U.S. had me intrigued. According to a recent survey by IHS Automotive, the average age of a U.S. car on the road is 11.5 years. This means cars on the road ...

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Don’t forget the little guys

On July 10, the music industry changed its practices by implementing a new music release day – Friday – after more than 25 years of releasing music on Tuesday in the United States. This new standard now globalizes the release date of new albums. Industry officials polled music consumers in eight countries when choosing a worldwide standard and found 68 ...

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Fit boating into Millennials’ financial framework

In our Reaching New Markets webinar last week, we received a number of insightful questions and comments after panelists Raul Bermudez, Lou Sandoval and Rob Youker finished their presentations. Unfortunately, as always seems to be the case with these discussions, we ran out of time to address every question and comment. However, one comment caught my eye just before we ...

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Special session added to MDCE agenda

MINNEAPOLIS — In a special session preceding the 2015 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo opening keynote address, marine service expert Valerie Ziebron will lead a panel discussion on solutions to the current shortage of marine technicians. This one-hour special session is part of the Marine Retailers Association of the America’s annual meeting, which will kick off on Monday, Nov. 16 ...

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MDCE 2015 expands Pre-Conference Workshops

MINNEAPOLIS — In response to record-high ratings from attendees in 2014, the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo has expanded the number of Pre-Conference Workshops offered at this year’s event from seven to 12. “When we consider where to invest in growing MDCE, the most important consideration is the potential impact it will have on our attendees,” explains Liz Walz, vice president ...

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Discover Boating launches 2015 marketing campaign

Discover Boating recently held a webinar to announce its 2015 marketing campaign, which will offer new strategies and build upon its 2014 successes. At the center of the campaign is the Stories of Discovery, which were a huge success last year with close to nine million views across the Internet. “We know that everyone has a boating story, so we ...

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