MDCE 2016 Issues Call for Presentations

February 17, 2016

Marine industry conference now taking proposals from speakers interested in presenting this December


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 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 and insurance, boat rentals/clubs and marina operations. The deadline to submit a proposal is Mar. 4.


“To create a fresh, high impact educational line-up, first we survey the dealer community regarding the topics that matter most to them,” said Liz Walz, vice president of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas — who along with Boating Industry magazine co-host the annual conference. “then we seek out the leading experts on those topics.”


Conference organizers are looking for presentations on advanced, intermediate and fundamental business topics. The information to be presented should be timely, informative and educational — offering concrete takeaways the audience can bring back to their business to accelerate future success.


“Whether presenters are from inside or outside the industry, whether they’re a marine retailing coach, a professional speaker or a dealer, MDCE focuses on education that delivers results for attendees,” said Jonathan Sweet, editor in chief of Boating Industry magazine.


The 2016 MDCE will again offer two full days of educational tracks, in addition to pre-conference workshops and a pair of dynamite keynotes. The 2015 MDCE featured more than 4-percent growth in retail attendance, a 21-percent jump in Pre-Conference Workshop registrations, and a sold-out Expo Hall with more than 100 exhibitors.


A total of 1,147 marine industry professionals from throughout North America and as far away as Australia traveled to Orlando last November for MDCE 2015, which is co-produced by Boating Industry magazine and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA).


If you have an idea for an educational seminar that would make a meaningful contribution to MDCE 2016 and the presentation skills to entertain and engage the conference’s audience, please visit or contact Liz Walz at 315-692-4533 ( for additional information.


The 2016 conference takes place at the Orlando County Convention Center and group rates will be available at the Rosen Centre Hotel.



About the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo

The marine industry’s only dealer-specific educational conference, MDCE offers an in-depth lineup of educational topics, a full-featured expo hall and a series of fixed networking opportunities, all of which are designed to help marine dealers connect with and learn from others who can foster their success. MDCE is co-produced by MRAA and Boating Industry, and it features Educational Tracks, Pre-Conference Workshops, Opening and Closing keynote presentations, and the all-new Learning Labs. The 2016 event will be held Dec. 5-8 at the Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit


About Boating Industry
Boating Industry is the leading trade magazine serving the marine industry. For more than 85 years, boating professionals have turned to Boating Industry for market intelligence, product updates, best practices and industry news. For more information, visit


About the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas works to create a strong and healthy boating industry by uniting marine retail businesses, providing them with opportunities for improvement and growth, and representing them with a powerful voice. For more information, visit



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