Marine Distributors Association Returns as MDCE Education Sponsor

August 2, 2017


MINNEAPOLIS, August 1, 2017 — The National Marine Distributors Association has signed on, for the sixth-consecutive year, as an Education Sponsor for the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.


Representing distributors of marine products, as well as many accessory manufacturers, the NMDA supports the broader marine industry through promotion of boating to consumers, promotion of wholesale distributors as the best way for manufacturers to move products and promotions to independent marine outlets, and promotion of the independent marine outlets as the best places to sell and buy products.


“We see the MDCE as the ultimate way to help support dealers and their ability to deliver quality products and services to today’s boaters,” explains Nancy Cueroni, Executive Director of NMDA. “We support the educational programming to help bolster the quality of speakers and to help ensure that the event offers the latest trends and insights for success in today’s market.”


In addition to the promotional programs noted above, NMDA offers a Sales, Training, Education and Purchasing event for its members; a Supplier of the Year Award, as recognized by its distributor members; a distribution profit report; and an Executive Conference where meetings between distributors and manufacturers are pre-arranged.


“NMDA has been passionate about its mission to promote independent marine outlets through its support of both the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the MDCE,” says Matt Gruhn, MRAA President. “They’ve come to us year after year with a desire to directly support the educational programming that we use to help our retailers grow and find greater success, and we are grateful for this great relationship.”


“NMDA’s return to the MDCE as Education Sponsor is welcome news," says Boating Industry Editor Tim Hennagir. “Their continuing support will help bring leading experts and insights to the four education tracks at this year’s conference.”


The 2017 MDCE will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 10-13. It is co-produced by the MRAA and Boating Industry.



About the National Marine Distributors Association

The National Marine Distributors Association (NMDA) was founded in 1964 and consists of wholesale distributors, manufacturers and manufacturer’s reps. The NMDA’s mission is to improve the business conditions of wholesale distributors of marine accessories and of the marine industry. The NMDA fosters cooperation among members to improve the productivity, profitability, and performance of members’ business through seminars, conferences and other educational opportunities. Additional information is available at


About the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo

The marine industry’s only dealer-specific educational conference, MDCE offers an in-depth lineup of educational sessions, 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 four Educational Tracks, Pre-Conference Workshops, Keynote Presentations, a Learning Lab, Dealer-to-Dealer Roundtable Discussions, and an Innovation Spotlight. For more information, visit


About the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has been delivering powerful educational programs for marine dealers since 1977. At the MRAA, the team of professionals believes that for the marine industry to thrive, the dealers on the front lines of the industry must first find success. So MRAA works to create a strong and healthy boating industry by providing dealers with tools, resources and educational programs, such as its annual conference, and by representing them with a powerful voice. For more information, visit


About Boating Industry

Boating Industry is the leading trade magazine serving the marine industry. From award-winning editorial to awards programs including the Top 100 dealers program, Movers & Shakers, Top Products of the Year and more, Boating Industry serves all aspects of 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

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