Chaparral and Robalo Boats of Nashville, Ga., were named “Best in Show” at the 2014 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in the Large Display category. The award was presented at MDCE during the annual Awards Breakfast at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla., on November 19, 2014.


The MDCE “Best in Show” awards recognize the hard work that MDCE exhibitors put into creating engaging, attractive and informative displays for conference attendees.


“Chaparral had its boats displayed in a rather unique way” says Kathy Johnson, national sales director for MDCE and Boating Industry magazine, which produces the annual conference in partnership with the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas. Chaparral utilized its new innovative Hydraulic Lift Display along with their classic corporate entrance to showcase their boats.


MDCE “Best in Show” winners are selected based on the following criteria: originality, creativity, design and best use of space. A panel of judges selected by MDCE organizers walked the Expo Hall floor Monday, Nov. 17, evaluated each of the MDCE exhibitors’ displays based on booth size (Small or Large display), and determined their favorites based on the awards criteria.


Judges for this year’s MDCE “Best in Show” awards include Dodi Vessels, managing art director, Boating Industry; Lindsey Johnson, content manager, MRAA; Mike Alleva, vice president of national accounts and account management, Lighthouse Media Solutions; and Nancy Smith, vice president, Colorado Boat Center.