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MDCE names Best Ideas Finalists

Monday, October 26, 2015   (0 Comments)
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MDCE names Best Ideas finalists

Best Idea of the Year will be selected by MDCE attendees


MINNEAPOLIS, October 26, 2015 — Four leading boat dealers will share their best ideas for business success at the Dealer-to-Dealer: Best Ideas Panel at the 2015 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. 

The four finalists for the Best Idea of the Year will offer insight on the marketing ideas that have worked to grow their dealerships in a panel discussion moderated by Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet. 

“MDCE is all about helping dealers improve their businesses, and these four dealers all have implemented proven, actionable ideas that do just that,” Sweet said.

The Dealer-to-Dealer: Best Ideas Panel will be 10:15-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, as part of the Marketing Track at MDCE. 

This year’s four finalists are:

·      Evan Davis, OneWater Marine Holdings, presenting on the company’s Pandora Internet Radio promotion

·      Mary Jo Goettling, Blue Springs Marine, presenting on the company’s Accessories Sales Program

·      Ryan Hebert, Texas Marine, presenting on the dealership’s new Business Development Center

·      Mark Helgen, Lake Union Sea Ray, presenting on the dealership’s boat show demos and website strategy

Attendees of the session will vote to select the Best Idea of the Year. The winner will receive a $500 American Express gift card,free registration for MDCE 2016 and recognition at the MDCE Awards Breakfast.
The Best Ideas Panel is one of four Dealer-to-Dealer sessions at the 2015 MDCE, designed to help attendees tap into the collective intelligence of the 600 plus marine dealer professionals at the event. One of these facilitator-led sessions will take place in each educational track, featuring dealer ideas and conversations on what’s working and not working in today’s market.


About the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo
The 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, 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 2015 will be held Nov. 15-18 at the Orange County Convention Center, Rosen Plaza Hotel and Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. For more information and to register, 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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