Four Top Marine Industry Leaders to Lead Panel at MDCE

A few of the recreational marine industry's top executives will be at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. on November 14 to discuss challenges and opportunities for the industry in the next year.

Minneapolis, MN, November 07, 2012 --( Top executives from four of the leading companies in the marine industry will highlight the Industry Leaders Panel at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.

In this one-of-a-kind panel conversation, at 2 p.m. November 14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, these industry leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities they see for the industry in the next year. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. The discussion will be moderated by Boating Industry magazine editor in chief Jonathan Sweet.

This year’s panelists:

· Dusty McCoy has been chairman and CEO of Brunswick since 2005, navigating the largest boat builder through the recession. Before being named as CEO, McCoy spent five years as president of the Brunswick Boat Group.

· Ben Speciale, has been president of Yamaha’s Marine Group since 2010 and has spent 25 years working in the industry for Yamaha and other companies. During Speciale’s tenure, Yamaha has won numerous awards for customer satisfaction and product innovation.

· Paxson St. Clair is the CEO of Cobalt Boats, the company his family has guided for more than 40 years. St. Clair was also the 2011 Boating Industry Mover & Shaker of the Year.

· Bruce Van Wagoner is president of the Marine Group at GE Capital, the largest lender in the industry. In his role, Van Wagoner works with dealers and manufacturers throughout the country.

MDCE is being held November 11-14 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center and is co-produced by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry. For more information, visit

About the MRAA: Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is the only North American association dedicated to furthering the interests of boat and engine dealers and other marine-related retailers throughout North America. For more information, visit

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