MDCE Events

When you walk in the door at MDCE, you’re joining together with the best minds in the boating business. Tap into that tremendous resource during the three networking receptions, four meals and numerous breaks, which offer you plenty of chances to be inspired by the innovative ideas, products and services you’ll encounter.


In addition, each year, the MDCE offers a Young Professionals Networking Reception, which gives up and coming marine retail leaders the opportunity to connect with their peers, learn from each other and have fun. Stay tuned for details on the 2016 event.

Events You Can't Miss


Monday, Dec. 5th

6 - 8 P.M.

Back for another year, the MDCE Kick-Off Cocktail Reception will take place poolside on the evening of Monday, Dec. 5th.


Tuesday, Dec. 6th 

6 - 8 P.M.

A special welcome to first-time attendees of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo! If this is your first time at the show, you’re invited to join us in Booth #922. This event within an event — made possible by Soundings Trade Only — will take place during the Networking Reception on the Expo Hall Floor, offering MDCE Newbies a chance to pick up your First-Time Attendee VIP Kit, Network with other MDCE Newbies, Ask questions of MDCE insiders and put your name into a drawing to win a FREE TRIP to MDCE 2017.

Wednesday, Dec. 7th 
5 - 7 P.M.
Join BoatPAC during the Marine Dealer Conference & Expos game night for a special scotch and cigar tasting. Sign your prior approval form* for complimentary admission to the tasting – a great opportunity to celebrate the 2016 elections and get involved in advocacy. During this time of change in Washington, D.C., it’s more important than ever for boating industry professionals like you to be a part of today’s political conversations. 

*Signing a Prior Approval forms allows you to receive information and updates on important legislative issues affecting the boating community and make a difference. 


Wednesday, Dec. 7th 

5 - 7 P.M.

Wednesday, Dec. 7TH
7:30 - 10 P.M.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to connect with other young leaders at the MDCE Young Professionals Networking Reception on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. The event, which will include an assortment of pub food and a cash bar, will take place at The Pub Orlando, 9101 International Drive.  

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