Special Events and Networking

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Soundings Trade Only Women in the Industry Summit, Leadership Panel, Awards Ceremony & Reception

You’re invited Monday, October 2nd, for three consecutive events beginning at 12 PM, featuring speaker, author, consultant, and leadership coach, Alicia M. Rodriguez

  • Monday, October 2
  • Women in the Industry Summit, 12 – 4 PM, followed by Leadership Panel, Awards Ceremony, and Reception at 4:30 PM
  • Tampa Marriott Water Street, Florida Ballroom


Innovation Awards breakfast

IBEX Industry Breakfast

The Industry Breakfast kicks-off IBEX and gives all in attendance the opportunity to begin the show experience networking with marine industry friends and colleagues.  Held on the opening morning of the show, all attendees will enjoy breakfast while hearing an Industry Address from Frank Hugelmeyer, NMMA President.

  • Tuesday, October 3
  • 7:30 – 9:30 AM
    Doors open at 7 AM
  • JW Marriott Tampa Water Street, 4th Floor, Tampa Bay Ballroom
  • $60/person; tickets available through IBEX registration *SOLD OUT


Discover Boating

Understanding the Next Generation of Boat Buyers

Take a deep dive into the changing demographics in the US and what that means to the boating industry


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Threats to Boating Access: Vessel Speed Restrictions State of Play and Pathway Forward

Industry panel covering the latest updates and developments related to NOAA’s proposed vessel speed restrictions on the Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

  • Tuesday, October 3
  • 3:30 PM
  • Tampa Convention Center – Room 112


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Opening Night Party

Celebrate the opening day of IBEX with drink specials and music and keep the excitement going.

  • Tuesday, October 3
  • 6 PM
  • The Sail Pavilion


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Special Session; The Carbon Conundrum

Explore fossil fuel consumption in today’s boatbuilding industry with an experienced panel moderated by Aaron Porter, Editor, Professional Boatbuilder magazine and Tim Murphy, Education Project Manager, American Boat & Yacht Council


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Pitch the Press

This is a fast-paced and fun live event for industry buyers and the press featuring 12 product pitches and a happy hour

  • Wednesday, October 4
  • 3:30 – 5 PM
  • 1st Floor, Press Room, Room 101


Emerging Marine Leaders

Emerging Marine Leaders Present Strengthening Leadership through Brand Development + Networking hosted by Boating Industry & sponsored by Kicker Marine Audio

Connect, learn, share and expand your presence in the marine industry. Join EMLs and Industry veterans during this two-part event.


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Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

Stroll the exhibit halls and meet with exhibitors in a relaxed, casual atmosphere while enjoying food and beverage.

  • Wednesday, October 4
  • 5 – 6 PM
  • All Exhibit Halls


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Mid-Show Mixer

Get loud at the Sail Pavilion on Wednesday evening, after the show closes.

  • Wednesday, October 4
  • 6 PM
  • The Sail Pavilion


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Student Career Day at IBEX

A special one-day event offering industry exposure, speakers, meet & greets, and access to select IBEX technical seminars for students from five Florida marine technical schools (age 18+), along with their instructors.

  • Thursday, October 5
  • 8:30 AM – 3 PM


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Innovation Way

Check out the year’s innovative and award-worthy new products on display along Innovation Way.

  • Live & Ongoing
  • 2nd Floor, Waterview Lounge


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NMEA’s Connected Electronics Pavilion

Electronics Pavilion exhibitors will have their certified products connected via an NMEA 2000 network traveling within their booths, giving attendees the opportunity to see this technology live.

  • Live & Ongoing
  • 3rd Floor, Electronics Pavilion


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The IBEX Docks

Get in on the action and out on the water. This is a rare opportunity to experience the newest innovations in the industry.

  • Live & Ongoing
  • Tampa Convention Center Waterfront


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Outdoor Exhibits & Displays

Don’t miss the outdoor exhibits in the Front Circle Drive of the Tampa Convention Center.

  • Live & Ongoing
  • Front Circle Drive


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Anchor Exhibitors

Patrick Industries
Cartesius Industrial Solutions