The Future of Materials

One of our show goals is that everyone who attends IBEX leaves having experienced multiple WOW moments. Wow. We could use that. Wow. That is amazing. Wow. Why didn’t I think of that? Wow. That gives me an idea. This year we are partnering with several outside groups to offer dynamic new exhibits to showcase a variety of innovations across the manufacturing spectrum that might impact boats of the future, and to help everyone reach their share of WOW moments. One new display that is sure to WOW is the Future Materials display. This is a new hands-on exhibit located . . . Read More

ABBRA: Pivotal IBEX Partner

Pam Lendzion and Meg Toppa are the new team at the helm of the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association

There’s a new team, new headquarters, and a new direction at the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, a key partner of IBEX and its education seminar series. Pamela Lendzion, past ABBRA president as well as a boatyard and marina operator and consultant, is serving as the interim executive director of ABBRA; Meg Toppa is the new administrative manager. A longtime marine industry professional, Meg has held numerous marketing and advocacy roles for various companies, including North Sails, Ferretti Group USA and ShowBoats International magazine. I had the opportunity recently to meet Pam and Meg over lunch at the Newport . . . Read More

Helpful things I’ve learned over the last 25 years at IBEX

I’m thrilled to have been with IBEX since it’s inception.  It gives me a perspective on this event that only a few of us have.  One thing that has always remained constant is that people come to IBEX to connect.  If you’re here to exhibit then you are interested in one of two things: selling your product, or connecting with people who would be interested in purchasing from you. Today I thought it would be helpful to go over a few of the biggest – and most common flubs – exhibitors tend to make. Have a read through and make sure you aren’t . . . Read More

Top 10 Tips for a Successful Innovation Award Product Nomination

Summer vacation schedules tend to obscure important deadlines in preparation for IBEX 2015. Between exhibitor registrations, seminar selection, hotel reservations, the list goes on. Not to be overlooked is the prestigious Innovation Awards. This highly visible showcase helps level the field between new and established exhibitors who are the drivers behind innovation that attracts consumers and translates into what we all want – sales. Entry is currently open and will close August 12, 2015. Whether you are seasoned or first time exhibitor we want to help you create a product entry that will put your product in the spotlight.  To . . . Read More

Want to Network? Me either.

I’ve been uncomfortable with it for awhile, but unable to articulate my feelings. It’s a buzz word, and it is everywhere – so I kept using it. But no more. I’ve made a decision to work “networking” out of my life and vocabulary. Here’s why. It’s over-used and meaningless. What does it mean? “Network: a group of people or organizations that are closely connected and that work with each other.” Nothing in that definition seems very fun to me, but I am pretty sure most people expect their networking events to be fun. Networking is loaded with expectations. If I am . . . Read More

The Many Paths to Learning

YRS students Vladimir Kevreshan and Asa Leighton watch as Jeff Reber of Composites One prepares a mold for infusion

In an ongoing effort to promote careers in the marine trades and beyond, the International Yacht Restoration School in Rhode Island has long had a presence at IBEX. This year will be no different, and a chance to observe students at work in the composites technology program at IYRS shines a light on the value of hands-on training. The IYRS campus setting is inspiring and energetic, and the stories of why the students in the current six-month session had chosen this IYRS course, which has attained acclaim for its practical, hands-on approach and job placement rate, are compelling. Vladimir Kevreshan, . . . Read More

Why attend IBEX? To be amazed.

Each year I walk the IBEX exhibit halls amazed at the hundreds of clever NEW marine products & innovations that are being introduced and celebrated. There is always a group of stand outs that really take my breath away because as a boat owner, I know they will be game changers. It’s thrilling when that happens. And it always happens.  To understand the sensation I am talking about, CLICK HERE to see how two designers re-thought… the bike helmut. It’s amazing. This same kind of innovation is on display at IBEX, every year. And by the way, registration is open. . . . Read More

Registration is OPEN!

The news you’ve all been waiting for! IBEX registration is now open at our website, click here. We’ve been working on an incredible line-up of education and experiences for you and I’ll give you a little peek of what you can expect this year at IBEX. Our Education Conference will include our world-renowned Seminar Series, our pre-conference Super Sessions, and our Exhibitor Workshops, taking place LIVE on the show floor. You can learn more about all these seminars, sessions, and workshops at our website, click here.  And on the show floor, see firsthand the materials, technology, and tools that are shaping . . . Read More

IBEX Education Seminar Series: He’s a Believer

Steve Savoie

Whenever an opportunity to meet a presenter of an IBEX education seminar comes along, I grab it. Besides being a fun way to meet new people, it’s how I keep up with developments in and beyond the marine industry. So it went with Steve Savoie, whom I met during a business trip he made to Rhode Island, where I’m based. Savoie, whose background includes a degree in naval engineering from Purdue University and two decades in the U.S. Coast Guard, works for Lyman-Morse Technologies on thermoplastic composites process development (His seminar, 503, is called Temperature Controllers and Thermocouples 101.)   . . . Read More

Boats & Politics Do Mix

This week more than 250 marine industry professionals from across all sectors of the U.S. recreational boating industry are gathering on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. today to kick off the annual American Boating Congress (ABC), a three day advocacy event organized by NMMA. If you haven’t been to ABC, you are really missing out on an exceptional experience. The NMMA does an excellent job of organizing this event. Thanks to their Washington DC team, all participants are quickly and efficiently transformed into educated and prepared lobbyists and sent up on the Hill with a list of specific meetings to . . . Read More

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