August 14, 2018

This year, the 28th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), held October 2-4 at the Tampa Convention Center, will be giving visitors the chance to participate in a number of social and entertainment special events throughout the week. Here’s a brief schedule of the events.

Monday, October 1st: The Soundings Trade Only presents the TradeTalks Roundtable Panel & Reception: The Future of the Marine Aftermarket. Panelists include Ron Japinga, CEO and  president of Guitar Center, Colin Puckett, head of seller marketing at Amazon Business, and Tom Schuessler, president of Land ‘N’ Sea Distributing, among several others.

14 boat designers will present their designs at Sparks!: An Inspirational Night of Boat Design Concepts, powered by PechaKucha. Each presenter will present their boat design concept with the limitations of just 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide.
Tuesday, October 2nd: The annual IBEX Industry Breakfast and Awards Ceremony. Several prestigious industry awards will be presented, including the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) Mel Barr, Boating Industry Movers & Shakers, the IBI Export Excellence Award and the IBEX Innovation Awards. NMMA President Thom Dammrich and best-selling author and motivational business speaker Rich Karlgaard will deliver keynote addresses.

Wednesday, October 3rd: In the Tech Talk Theater, 3rd Floor Exhibit Hall,see live product presentations of the latest innovations in the marine industry with IBEX Product Pitches.These exciting presentations by exhibiting companies last two minutes with a one-minute Q&A for press and buyers.
 Additionally, throughout the week, young professionals will have the opportunity to learn about, join, and meet others in Marine Millennials, an exclusive hub of up-and-comers in the industry who are interested in growth and education. IBEX serves as an industry event for the young professionals in Marine Millennials to meet and create valuable relationships within the marine sector.
“The events and experiences we offer each year at IBEX are designed to educate and connect our visitors and exhibitors in a unique and informal way,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “We work hard to offer events that will appeal to the varied interests of people coming to the show, with the goal of ensuring that IBEX is both educational and enjoyable.”

For further information please visit: www.ibexshow.com

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