EPA’s Residual Risk Review Update at IBEX

John McKnight, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Senior Vice-President of Environmental and Safety Compliance, has pulled together a panel to discuss Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities for Boatbuilders in 2018 at IBEX on Wednesday, October 3, at 8:30am. The panel, comprised of John with David Marlow (Brunswick Corporation) and Jeff Melby (Pinnacle Engineering) recently saw a new addition: Brian Storey from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Here’s why this is important. Brian Storey, who is a member of the staff responsible for the boat manufacturing residual risk review for the EPA, will be presenting the current status of the rule-making for the . . . Read More

Early Registration Deadline Is Here!

Our phones are ringing off the hook as we approach our Early Registration Deadline of midnight on August 30, 2018. We are offering amazing educational content in the IBEX Seminar Series in 2018, from a two-hour in-depth training Fundamentals of Gelcoat Repair with Bob Lacovara to a 45-minute What Does the Future Hold? How Today’s Global Trends Will Impact Your Business with Bill Yeargin. We have marketing seminars for marina operators, such as The Flip Side of Marketing with Andrew Holzem, and a Marine Onboard Engine Diagnostics panel pulled together by NMMA’s John McKnight, always an IBEX favorite. After August 30, ticket prices . . . Read More

Industry Update from Thom Dammrich: Recreational Boating in 2035

The boating industry is experiencing a Golden Age. Trade war and tariffs aside, economic factors including an increase in GDP, improving housing market, strong consumer confidence, and growing disposable income are spurring domestic demand for new boats. As a result, capital spending and manufacturer optimism are at record highs, creating one of the strongest periods for our industry. In 2017, unit sales of new powerboats increased 5 percent in 2017, reaching 262,000, the highest levels the U.S. recreational boating industry has seen in 10 years. Total marine expenditures were also at an all-time high in 2017 at $39 billion (spending . . . Read More

Guest Blog Post: Grow Boating Marketing Summit at IBEX

Grow Boating Marketing Summit Super Session Returns on October 1 – Don’t Miss the Early Bird Registration Rate! Marketing is about making meaningful connections. How people consume content and media has changed the marketing landscape and continues to evolve. Today’s consumers live online and, to reach them, your marketing efforts need to live there as well. The Grow Boating Marketing Summit Super Session returns to IBEX the day before the show opens to provide marketers in the marine industry opportunities to learn how to further leverage digital marketing channels—display ads, video, social media, email, search, websites and more—to move your business forward. . . . Read More

Guest Blog Post: A Technology Panel Session You Won’t Want to Miss!

by Lou Sandoval, NAUTIC-ON We rely on technology every day to make our lives easier and tasks more efficient, such as calculating the tip on your dinner bill or finding the quickest route home. As the marine industry looks to the next big technology trend, we see marine companies developing technology that is relevant to both marine professionals and consumers. The IBEX Panel titled Leveraging Technology to Enhance the Consumer Boating Experience  dives deep into how new connected technology is changing the boating industry. Attendees will hear from panelists who are leading their respective areas in innovation and technology implementation . . . Read More

IBEX Seminars & Workshops Online

The IBEX Education Conference is known around the world for its robust training programs, with pre-conference Super Sessions, free Tech Talk Workshops, and the technical IBEX Seminar Series. But, until now, the IBEX Education Conference has been available only once a year, at IBEX. This is no longer the case. IBEX Seminars & Workshops Online is our answer to the question we hear all the time: “Can I access IBEX Seminars online?” The short answer is now yes. The long answer is: starting Monday, August 13, we will be offering IBEX Seminars & Workshops Online to anyone who wants to . . . Read More

What To Expect in the IBEX Exhibit Halls

This year will be the largest Tampa IBEX Show yet and will be packed with marine professionals from all over the world. With nearly 700 companies spread out over 137,000 sq ft (12,730sq m) we can say this show will offer the most new products and technology since we moved to Tampa. This year’s exhibiting companies are coming from around the world – 90 are from overseas, 15 from Canada, and an amazing 583 from the US. In total we have 23 nationalities represented in the exhibit halls and there are still have a few spaces left. Specialty Pavilions IBEX . . . Read More

Sparks! A Night of Inspirational Boat Design

Hi, I’m Carl Cramer.  I’d like to invite you an inspiring evening the night before IBEX opens, Sparks! A Night of Inspirational Boat Design, powered By PechaKucha.  Admission is FREE but registration is required. If you’re not familiar with a PechaKucha event, you can see some examples here:  www.pechakucha.org.  Briefly, we will have 14 boat designers and visionaries speaking of their approach to a particular design brief of their own. Every speaker will present and discuss 20 slides, at 20 seconds per slide. Halfway through the presentations there will be a  networking event and your opportunity to speak with the . . . Read More

Why a Global Perspective Matters

More than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the United States and more US companies are exporting now than ever before. In 2017, our recreational boating industry alone exported more than $1.75 billion dollars in boats and marine engines worldwide. But precisely because domestic sales are currently so strong and headlines are dominated by the current trade war, you may be asking why you should continue to invest in exporting at this time? “I can’t keep up with our domestic orders let alone invest in finding new ones overseas,” is what I hear repeatedly. The . . . Read More

IBEX’s Education Partners Deliver the Goods

To create the IBEX Seminar Series, we work very closely with our Education Partners: The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA), IBEX co-owners National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and IBEX’s primary education partner Professional BoatBuilder magazine.       As you read about the 2018 IBEX seminar offerings, you will notice a logo next to the titles. That’s the stamp of our education partners. We can’t list all 58 seminar titles in this blog because they are readily available for review here, but this year’s program . . . Read More

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