MDCE Registrations on Record Pace
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Posted by: Michael Geatz
– Dealer registrations for the 2013 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo set a
new record during the early-bird registration period and are currently tracking
nearly 25 percent ahead of last year’s record registrations.
A total of 473 dealers have registered for the MDCE to date
— up from 379 last year at the early-bird cutoff — with nearly two months to go
until the event begins. In all, more than 655 people are currently registered
for the MDCE.
See who is registered: http://www.mraa.com/events/RSVPlist.aspx?id=208006
"The response to this year’s MDCE has been absolutely
incredible,” says Liz Walz, Director of Membership & Education. "With all
the new opportunities we’ve built into the program and the enhanced educational
agenda, we are thrilled to see such a positive response.”
Dealer attendance at the MDCE has grown every year since
2007, and 2013 will be no exception. With 512 total dealers in attendance in
2012, early bird registrations remain just 39 registrations away from reaching
a record number. Of the 473 dealers that are currently registered, 125, or 26.5
percent are attending for the first time, and they represent a total of more
than 475 dealership locations.
"The 2013 MDCE will offer opportunities never before
available at this event,” says Jonathan Sweet, Editor-in-Chief of Boating Industry. "With our new in-depth
workshops in addition to the significant investment we’ve made in speakers like
Jeffrey Gitomer and John Spence, we are very much looking forward to bringing
this event to life.”
The MDCE offers nearly 30 educational sessions, broken down into
three tracks and a series of pre-conference workshops and special
presentations, to help dealers gather ideas and best practices for improving
their businesses. The workshops are a new introduction for the 2013 MDCE, and
the total number of educational sessions is up from just 20 in 2012.
Learn more at the MDCE Video Channel: http://www.mraa.com/?page=MDCE_Video_Channel
Last year, the MDCE attracted more than 1,000 industry
professionals, and this year, more than 650 have already registered. The
excitement over this year’s event has been created by the additional sessions,
in addition to the signing of world-renowned sales and leadership expert
Jeffrey Gitomer as the keynote speaker. And the additions of authors and
speakers like John Spence and David Avrin, as well as a number of
industry-specific experts has bolstered the educational line-up like never
for those dealers that want to dig even deeper into the factors that will most
impact their businesses in the year ahead, the newly added MDCE Pre-Conference
Workshops to be held Monday, Nov. 18th, will enable them to
construct a plan in areas like dealership management, boat show sales, service
menus, search engine marketing, and the customer experience. Over the following
days, individual sessions in the MDCE’s three educational tracks will help
attendees enhance their plans for 2014.
MDCE is scheduled for Nov. 17-20, 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center
in Orlando, Fla. It has attracted an increasing number of dealers every year
since 2007, and in addition to the record number of pre-September dealer
registrations, this year’s event also attracted more than 250 registrants prior
to May 1, also record for the event. The most registrants MDCE had ever
accumulated prior to May 1 was 92 in 2012.
About the Marine Dealer
Conference & Expo
Marine Dealer Conference & Expo is the Marine Retailers Association of the
Americas’ annual conference and member meeting. As the marine industry’s only
dealer-specific educational conference, the MDCE features an in-depth line-up
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. The MDCE is
co-produced by the MRAA and Boating
Industry, and it offers pre-conference workshops, a keynote presentation,
three tracks of educational content, and more than 20 sessions in all. It will
be held Nov. 17-20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
Learn more at www.mraa.com/event/MDCE.