Ibex Millenials


IBEX, The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, has started the new Marine Millennial program for the 2015 event, taking place in Louisville, KY September 15-17. The program is designed to attract young professionals in the marine industry who are looking to connect with each other, industry leaders, and be a part of the industry’s largest gathering.

“My goal is to create a community for marine industry professionals who are under 35 years old, and let IBEX be the gathering place for them to connect, learn, share, and expand their presence in the industry,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “The small but mighty Marine Millennial Planning Team who worked with me to develop this program are  Andrew Breece from WoodenBoat Publications, Inc., Katie D’Antonio from Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting, Inc. and Will Watters from SYNTEC Industries, and we invite all  young marine professionals to visit the web page and register to join the group. There is no charge to join.” To join the Marine Millennials, visit to sign up.

Several benefits of joining the IBEX Marine Millennials include a Louisville Urban Bourbon Trail Welcome Passport; access to the Marine Millennial Lounge on the show floor; daily, one-hour mentor sessions with a variety of marine industry leaders; VIM (Very Important Millennial) seating at a dedicated table at the Industry Breakfast; discount dinner and drinks at local establishments; the Marine Millennial Hang Tag Program and the Marine Millennial’s “After Hours” Gatherings at Tavern on Fourth overlooking Fourth Street LIVE.

Within the Marine Millennial Lounge, in the 700 aisle on the show floor, there will be a mentor program on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons starting at 4:30 pm, leaders in the marine industry, including John Dorton, President of Bryant Boats will discuss their stories and give tips on how to succeed in the industry. Another program, the Marine Millennial HANG TAG Program, will give the group the opportunity to recognize new products and services that appeal to the millennial generation.The group will use hang tags to identify and “tag” game-changing products and ideas they see on display at IBEX.

“The goal of the IBEX Millennial group is to instill a fresh, new perspective on the IBEX show, while creating a voice for a new, younger demographic within the industry,” said Will Watters of SYNTEC Industries and a member of the Millennial Planning group. “We are more than excited to bring together a talented young group to show the industry our generation’s interests and concerns.”  For more information, visit

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