IBEX Opens in 19 Days – See You There.

IBEX 2015 opens in 19 days – WOW! If you have not registered, now is the time. Click here to get started registering.  If you prefer to talk with a live person, you can do your registration over the phone by calling 484-751-5135. Now should you need a little incentive, let me provide you with that. IBEX 2015 will host 550 exhibitors from 14 countries. We will welcome 110  NEW-to-IBEX-exhibitors this year. The show floor sold out back in May, we added more booths – and we are sold out again. We have a record number of Innovation Award entries this year, . . . Read More

Fresh IBEX Technical Seminars, Get ‘Em While They’re Hot

Kevin Boughton of Midcoast Marine Electronics helps skipper Carol Vernon sort out an electronics miscommunication issue

Every year about this time the editorial team of Professional BoatBuilder magazine, as well as yours truly, are relieved and excited by the reality that the 50-plus technical seminars we organize as part of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) are ready for your consumption. We’ve been pulling them together for nearly 8 months now, but this is the point where speakers have committed, topics are focused, and registration is open. Come and get ‘em! IBEX 2015 is only weeks away! The full seminar program for IBEX 2015 (Sept. 15-17) includes a range of topics geared to naval architects, yard managers, . . . Read More

Meet & Mingle at IBEX

We have so much going on this year at IBEX, it’s hard for me to keep up! I know my dance card is already full. We’ve really have made it easy for you to make new connections in the marine industry and see the friends you know will be there. There’s so much to do, so many conversations to have, and so much work to be done. Let me help to make your planning a bit easier with these exciting IBEX events: Industry Breakfast, Keynote  Address, & Innovation Awards Presentation Tuesday, September 15th from 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM. Sponsored by Recreational . . . Read More

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

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