Exeter, PA – EXPO 2024, presented by Airxcel is set to unfold on January 15-16, 2024, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The annual event, produced by the leading distribution company in the recreational vehicle aftermarket, NTP-STAG alongside SeaWide Marine Distribution, seamlessly integrates the best of both the RV and marine industries, ensuring a unique experience for industry professionals.
This year’s EXPO marks the inaugural collaboration with SeaWide Distribution, introducing prominent marine suppliers alongside the RV industry’s premier product manufacturers, providing customers with a comprehensive best-in-class experience.
“We continue to expand our marine business, and bringing EXPO to Kissimmee for the first time is a tremendous opportunity to produce an event that aligns these exciting outdoor recreational activities in one fantastic location,” said SeaWide President, Bill Rogers.
EXPO 2024 will kick off with a thought-provoking talk by Sterling Hawkins, founder of the #nomatterwhat movement and author of the best-selling book ‘Hunting Discomfort.’ Sponsored by PRO suppliers, Hawkins will delve into the inevitability of discomfort in a world disrupted by technology, pandemic induced changes, and uncertainty. Attendees will gain valuable insights into building resilience and achieving breakthrough growth in the face of adversity. Day one will then feature Marine Dealer University educational speakers and NMEA Certification training, coupled with supplier product seminars and an opening reception preview of the show floor.
The second day of EXPO will be highlighted by basketball legend Bill Walton delivering the keynote address. Walton, celebrated for his success on the hardwood with the Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics, will share leadership and teamwork lessons rooted in principles that extend beyond the basketball court. Following his talk, Walton will then be available to meet with attendees.
Throughout the day, SeaWide customers from across North America will then be engaging on the show floor interacting with exhibits from selected leading industry manufacturers while partaking in attractive show-only promotions culminating in a special evening reception.
“In addition to the presentations and specials offered throughout the show, we believe these dynamic speakers with distinctive insights and perspectives enhance the overall EXPO experience,” Rogers said. “With an extensive program featuring entertainment, product education and information combined with these insightful, featured discussions, EXPO provides a comprehensive platform for attendees to gain valuable knowledge, foster industry connections, and immerse themselves in an environment tailored for success.”
Closing the curtains on this year’s show will be celebrated American Idol Winner Noah Thompson, sponsored by Dometic, as the featured entertainment. Conquering adversity to win the hearts of millions, Noah embodies the spirit of Country music. His debut song, “One Day Tonight,” released during his American Idol journey, catapulted to No. 1 on iTunes All Genres and Country charts. Still making waves, the track racks up nearly 1 million on-demand streams per week.
“Noah’s journey, resilience, and musical talent align seamlessly with the core values and spirit of EXPO,” said Rogers. “His performance will serve as a fitting conclusion to what we expect to be an outstanding event for the RV and marine industries.”
Located just nineteen miles from Orlando International Airport, the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center offers an expansive venue with more than 480,000 sq ft of event space, a newly expanded meeting facility, and room tower. The historic region provides numerous dining and entertainment options, with attractions such as Disney World, Epcot Center, and Universal Studios Florida just minutes away.
“EXPO is the place where the aftermarket gathers to network, engage with suppliers, and have some fun,” concluded Rogers. “There aren’t many locations that offer the variety of opportunities to have a fantastic time than Central Florida. With SeaWide and their roster of suppliers, we are excited to showcase the best of everything EXPO has to offer to the marine industry.”
For more information about Expo and to learn about attending, please visit: expo.SeaWide.com .
About SeaWide Distribution
Serving the marine industry since 1979, SeaWide Distribution, is a national wholesale distributor of outdoor products and accessories, boat systems, and consumer and marine electronics. As a division of LKQ Specialty, SeaWide is dedicated to providing its customers with an extensive inventory, high-quality service and innovative marketing resources. Positioned as one of the largest wholesale marine aftermarket distributors in the U.S., SeaWide offers more than 50,000 products from over 300 suppliers. To learn more about SeaWide, please visit SeaWide.com or call 1-866-732-9433.