New Education Events at IBEX

Visitors to IBEX will see some upgrades in the seminar wing this year in Tampa. As we discussed in our blog post two weeks ago, we have adjusted seminar registration, times, and duration to accommodate the large crowd of seminar participants and allow everyone more freedom within their schedules. You can read more about that here: We’ve also added some industry-specific education events that will interest all professionals who join us in Tampa this October. Tuesday, Oct. 2 IBEX Special Session: Designing for Speed 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM         This year, we are kicking off . . . Read More

Update on Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

As a marine industry professional, you should know The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) is committed to respecting your privacy and informing you when we’d like to use your information, how we will use it, and the legal basis for our use. New Privacy Rules As you may have heard, the European Union has adopted a set of privacy rules and regulations called the “European Union General Data Privacy Regulation” (GDPR).  These rules and regulations took effect on May 25, 2018 and have an impact on IBEX’s communications practices. We are taking this opportunity to provide you with information about . . . Read More

IBEX 2018 Registration Is Open!

You can expect IBEX to deliver the industry’s newest innovation and technology from 675+ exhibiting companies in expanded exhibit halls. We’ve elevated our education conference to make sure we are delivering what you and your team need and we’ve added new opportunities to connect with the industry. To find out all that is taking place, please review our website. You’ll find all the Special Events that are taking place, the Floor Plan, Exhibitor List, and much more. Seminar Series Update An important update for 2018 is that our Seminar Series is changing. To make things easier for you, we are . . . Read More

NMMA Gets Topical at IBEX

As I’ve mentioned in past IBEX blog posts, I rely heavily on IBEX’s education partners to develop seminars that reflect what’s happening in the industry today. IBEX co-owner, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), is no different. While I am aware of the Clean Air Act and the MACT Standards from the early 2000s and have read about what kind of impact the residual risks will have on standards the EPA is developing, I cannot in any way speak intelligently about it. Nor, I have to admit, would I be able to pull a seminar together that could cogently explain . . . Read More

NMEA Talks System Integration at IBEX

With just a little over a month before we all head to IBEX in Tampa, I have only a couple more blog posts about our education partners. I’ve written in this blog about show co-owner Professional BoatBuilder magazine, as well as ABYC and ABBRA. Next week, I plan to tackle NMMA’s lineup of seminars. This week, however, I’d like talk about the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). I’ll admit I’m running a bit long with this post. I know the least about electronics and therefore I tend to research it the most. Although I have been working with IBEX since . . . Read More

ABBRA Delivers at IBEX

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve talked about IBEX seminars sponsored and produced by conference education partner, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), and IBEX show co-owner Professional BoatBuilder magazine. This week, I’d like to touch upon the seminars put forth by education partner American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA). Of late, ABBRA has been focused on building a competent and technically skilled workforce for the recreational marine industry, which includes developing a pipeline of workers that choose the marine industry as a career path. To achieve this, the minds behind ABBRA have set their sights on . . . Read More

The Value of Face to Face

I just returned from a two-day meeting in Chicago that I was too busy to attend, but I went anyway and was whining to myself about it right up to the minute I walked in the door. Then the magic happened. I was reminded of the value of face-to-face meetings. No matter how busy you are, or how much effort it takes to travel, nothing can replace the power and impact of a live event and face-to-face interaction. We are all in the people business and face-to-face meetings are still the most effective ways to keep the attention of your current customers . . . Read More

From the Horse’s Mouth: ABYC Seminars at IBEX

IBEX brings together some of the greatest minds in the marine industry. In order to do this, we work very closely with our education partners, such as the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA), the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), and IBEX show partners Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Here, I’d like to talk about ABYC’s seminars. Of the eight seminars ABYC is developing for IBEX 2016 in October in Tampa, four are on the docks. This means, anyone registered for these seminars will be shown the ins and . . . Read More

Great Minds Come Together at IBEX

With a great deal of input from our education partners and seminar series, IBEX is able to pull together some of the greatest minds in the marine industry. This year’s IBEX Seminar Series (October 4–6 in Tampa, FL) is brought to you by the American Boat & Yacht Council, American Boat Builders & Repairers Association, and National Marine Electronics Association, as well as IBEX’s co-owners National Marine Manufacturers Association and Professional BoatBuilder magazine, which is responsible for the bulk of the sessions. As a former associate editor for Professional BoatBuilder magazine and as someone who has been working with IBEX since the late 1990s, . . . Read More


We are! And we can’t wait to welcome you all to the 25th Anniversary IBEX Show next week in Louisville, KY. This is the first event of the Fall/Winter marine industry show season – let’s get the momentum going! I’d like to take a moment to share with you some thoughts on what we will see and learn next week at IBEX.  The 548 current exhibitors have highlighted nearly 300 new or special products, processes, and services that they plan to show.  Have you downloaded the IBEX app?   Now is the time to map out your time at IBEX to . . . Read More

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