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 month of April, putting it record pace ahead of previous years.
“Our No. 1 priority is to provide each and every MDCE participant with the education, resources and relationships that will do the most to improve and grow their business and this industry,” said Liz Walz, MRAA vice president and director of education. “We’re delighted to have this confirmation that we’re on the right track with the value we’re providing attendees, and yet we’ll be working hard in the weeks and months ahead to build an event that delivers more results for dealers and exhibitors than ever before.”
In 2017, the MDCE attracted more than 650 dealers and inspired them to “Write Their Story,” by participating in the conference. Pre-Conference workshops, keynotes, track sessions and the highly sought after dealer-to-dealer roundtable discussions encouraged dealers to challenge themselves and their dealership practices to be the best they can be. The 2018 MDCE predicts a similar outcome, but with brand new content.
“We are excited to see the dealers so eager and ready to participate in Orlando again this year,” Tim Hennagir, editor of Boating of Industry said. “It’s is a great display of commitment dealers have to their businesses and their desire to improve at the MDCE.”
The MDCE team has been hard at work, tailoring this year’s conference to meet the needs of the marine industry by providing education, networking opportunities and vendor partnerships based on those needs. Early bird registration for the 2018 MDCE continues until Sept. 21, offering dealers the possible savings of $100, — that’s $75 off for MRAA members and the a $25 off early bird rate.