Unlike boating, it took me quite a while to love educational opportunities. I was an average student in high school, a below-average student in junior college, and I improved only slightly when I moved on to a four-year college. But in my professional life, and particularly when I became editor of a trade publication, something ignited the fire in me.
I began attending educational conferences. I went through the Dale Carnegie Course. I now read more books in a single year than I did in the first 30 years of my life combined. And the only thing that prevented me from going back to get a Master’s Degree was the recent recession.
In my role here at MRAA, it’s my hope to instill that same desire for lifelong learning in our membership and to help them realize that desire in themselves through a host of professional development benefits. Right now, the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, at which MRAA members receive a $50 (per registrant) discount, is the focal point of that, but I can assure you that you’ll see similar benefits sprout up in the coming days, weeks and months.
I’m thrilled to be arriving at this year’s MDCE early (tomorrow) and to be assisting MRAA’s great partners at Boating Industry magazine as they prep this year’s conference for your arrival.
I love the MDCE because it gives me a first-hand opportunity to talk face-to-face with all kinds of dealers and all the businesses that are so interested in the success of the marine dealer body. The networking you can do at MDCE is more than worth the price of admission, so I encourage you to take every opportunity to get there, meet a new face and learn something from them.
And while you’re at it, please make sure to stop by the MRAA booth (number 601) and learn about all the new opportunities we’re creating for you and your business. And I’d love to hear what you think we can do to serve you better.
See you in Orlando!