Record MDCE Registrations Fourth Year in a Row

May 8, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, May 7, 2018 — 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,” says 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 parternships 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.


Register now.



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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