SeaWide Announces 2024 EXPO Featured Speaker Lineup 

The annual dealer event features two full days of manufacturer product showcases, educational seminars, exclusive promotions, special events, and industry networking opportunities.

Exeter, PA – Today, SeaWide a leading marine distribution company, announced best-selling author, Sterling Hawkins and basketball legend, Bill Walton as the featured speakers for Expo 2024, to be held in in Kissimmee, Florida January 15-16, 2024. For the first time, EXPO makes its inaugural visit to the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in historic Kissimmee just minutes away from Orlando’s Disney World, Epcot Center and Universal Studios Florida.

The industry only experience will open on Monday with Sterling Hawkins, founder of the #nomatterwhat movement and author of best-seller ‘Hunting Discomfort’.  Sterling will discuss how discomfort is inevitable as we all contend with a world disrupted by technology, changed by the pandemic, and fraught with risk while facing talent shortages and incredible uncertainty. Throughout his discussion, Hawkins will provide his perspective on how to be resilience ready and build for breakthrough growth with measurable results.

EXPO’s second day features keynote speaker, basketball legend Bill Walton. As one of sports’ most recognizable and beloved figures for his authenticity and positive attitude, Walton’s success on the court is well documented. As the nation’s top college basketball star at UCLA under legendary coach John Wooden, he then played for two NBA Championship teams – the Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics. The Basketball Hall of Famer and broadcaster will share an inside look at how world-class performance is achieved on the basketball court with leadership and teamwork lessons based on principles that transfer to success off the court as well. Walton will then be available for a short time immediately following his address.

“Information and education are important components of our show that we believe make EXPO special,” said SeaWide President, Bill Rogers. “While dealers have the opportunity to engage with suppliers, network and have a great time together, we strive to present impactful speakers delivering unique insights and perspectives that will have messages that will resonate with attendees. We are looking forward to hearing from these dynamic personalities and sharing their discussions at EXPO.”

The annual dealer event features two full days of manufacturer product showcases, educational seminars, exclusive promotions, special events, and industry networking opportunities. With marine products and accessories being showcased, the show’s format and location lends itself to dealers looking to expand their product offerings while capitalizing on the variety of local dining and entertainment attractions the region is known for.  

“The marine and RV industries have witnessed an exciting crossover in terms of recreational activities that is particularly evident in the integration of GPS electronics and communications equipment,” added Rogers. “As a result, dealers are increasingly drawn to these technologies as they seek to enhance their product offerings. In bringing these two segments together in Florida at this fantastic location with so much to offer, 2024 EXPO is promising to be the biggest and best yet.” 

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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 or call 1-866-732-9433.