Don’t Miss These Special Events

Monday, October 1st
Soundings Trade Only presents

TradeTalks Roundtable Panel & Reception:

Boats & Components

Marriott Tampa Waterside, 700 S. Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida Ballroom 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The landscape of the marine industry aftermarket segment has been dynamically changing. Ownership of companies, brands, retailers, wholesalers and more have shifted or merged. Buyer behavior is changing. The industry senses the impact of technology and growth of e-commerce. The crossover between the RV and marine industries is expanding. Join us for an active discussion with a panel of marine aftermarket experts to explore the future of the aftermarket marine segment. 
Note: You will need to register separately for IBEX.

Panelists include:

  • Ron Japinga, CEO and President of Guitar Center, former Executive Vice President of Merchandising, Planning & Logistics at West Marine
  • Tom Schuessler, President of Land ‘N’ Sea Distributing
  • John Giglio, Founder & CEO of Freedom Boat Club
  • Larry Russo, Senior Vice President of MarineMax Russo
  • Joe Lewis, Owner of Mt. Dora Boating Center, Chairman of the Grow Boating & MRAA Board of Directors
  • Colin Puckett, Head of Seller Marketing at Amazon Business

Sponsored by Mercury Marine and Attwood Corporation. Produced by Soundings Trade Only, an AIM Marine Group brand.

Soundings Trade Only


Mercury Go Boldly

Tom Schuessler

Ron Japinga

Larry Russo Sr

John Giglio

Joe Lewis

Colin Puckett

Monday, October 1st

Sparks!: An Inspirational Night of Boat Design Concepts, powered by PechaKucha

CAMLS Center, 124 S. Franklin Street, Tampa, 7 PM – 11:00 PM

Fourteen designers will present their design concepts through 20 slides at 20 seconds each. We’ve produced these events in Louisville, Kentucky and Amsterdam. It promises to be an inspirational night. Registration is required. More information and registration.

Here’s a list of speakers as of September 5th. They are listed in alphabetical order:

  • Dick Baldwin (Miniboat Research Collaborative) Miniboats Crossing Oceans
  • Duane Branch (New England Boatworks) Rising From the Ashes: Resurrection of a Power Cat Design
  • Nigel Calder (Calder Marine Enterprises) Abundant Energy
  • Alan Gurski (WEST System; ProSet; Gougeon Brothers) The Design Experiments of Meade and Jan Gougeon
  • Scott Lewit (Structural Composites) Cost-Effective Lightweight Designs
  • Charles Palame (Morph Marine and Farr Yacht Design) Morphing Hulls
  • Michael Reardon (Daedalus Yachts) Inspiration to Innovation
  • Rob Schofield (RA Schofield, Naval Architect) Tourists, Amphibians, High Speed Cats, and the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Augusto (Kiko) Villalon (Ancon Marine Consultants) The Freshman Class
  • Stephen Wu (Xplora Yachts) Rebuilding the Modern Boatbuilding Industry
  • Martha Coolidge (Martha Coolidge Design) Deja Vu All Over Again

Note: You will need to register separately for IBEX.

Sponsored by the Sparks Group and Tides Marine. Managed and produced by the Sparks Group and IBEX. Exclusive Media Sponsor is Professional BoatBuilder magazine.

Tides Marine
Professional BoatBuilder Magazine

Tuesday, October 2nd

IBEX Industry Breakfast & Innovation Awards with Keynote Speaker Rich Karlgaard

Tampa Waterside Marriott Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 7:30 to 9:30 AM – Doors open at 7 AM
700 South Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33602

Sponsored by Tides Marine Inc., Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), Interlux Yacht Finishes,
AWLGRIP North America, Unified Purchasing Group

The Industry Breakfast marks the launch of IBEX and gives you the opportunity to begin your show experience networking with 800+ marine industry friends and colleagues.  Held on the opening morning of the show you will enjoy breakfast with your team and colleagues while you hear about the State of the Industry delivered by Thom Dammrich, NMMA President, share in the recognition of marine leaders receiving prestigious industry awards, learn which new products are winners of IBEX Innovation Awards, and finally enjoy an inspiring keynote speaker.

Rich Karlgaard, Forbes Publisher and Global Futurist, Economic Leader, Entrepreneur & Author

At the intersection of innovation and the global economy, Rich Karlgaard is the thought leader that Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and national associations turn to for a reliable roadmap of what’s to come. Drawing from his roles as a Silicon Valley-based publisher, journalist, investor, and board director, Rich’s business consultant-like approach helps audiences gain a practical understanding of the events that are changing their world and the imminent disruption ahead—from tech to Trump—and the impacts on business and industry. As an expert in artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the (IoT), Rich is a regular panelist on “Forbes on Fox,” the author of two celebrated business books on healthy organizations, and a past recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Tickets for the Industry Breakfast are SOLD-OUT. Please contact Nadia Martinez for inquiries or questions at


Tuesday, October 2nd

IBEX Special Seminar: Designing for Speed

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room: TBD

Panelists: Nigel Irens, Michael Peters, Pete Melvin, Michael Reardon, and Donald Blount

Definitions of speed on the water are as numerous as our reasons for being afloat and the conditions we might encounter out there. For competitive small-boat sailors, foils are the thing; for offshore powerboats, deep-Vs and responsive handling are essential; for offshore sailors, easily driven hulls with robust and versatile rig configurations have dominated; for medium-range passenger ferries, high-speed catamarans are the norm. But for the naval architect every new client is a new set of use and performance profiles to satisfy. To explore the diversity of those notions of speed on the water we’ve assembled a panel of well-known boat designers responsible for creating everything from thrilling small sailing foilers and outboard skiffs to large offshore speed record holders in power and sail. In this moderated special session we’ll invite you to ask top designers how they interpret and deliver on clients’ needs for speed.

Professional BoatBuilder Magazine

Nigel IrensPete MelvinMichael PetersMichael ReardonDonald Blount

Opening Night Party


Tuesday, October 2

Opening Night Party

The Sail Pavilion, 6 PM

Celebrate the opening day of IBEX at the Sail Pavilion located just outside of the convention center. Drink specials, live entertainment, and food trucks will keep the excitement of the opening day going into the evening and on into the night.

Pitch the Press

Wednesday, October 3

The IBEX Product Pitches

Tech Talk Theater, 3rd Floor Exhibit Hall, 11 AM – 12 PM

Exciting, live product presentations of the coolest new products on the show floor selected by industry journalists. Each presenter will be given the opportunity to pitch for 2 minutes, and a 1 minute Q&A follow-up for press and buyers. This event is designed specifically for media and marine industry buyers, and we also invite distributors, wholesalers, purchasing agents, and manufacturer representatives who will benefit from an efficient one hour opportunity to preview and experience some of the innovative, new offerings on display at IBEX.

Pro Vac

Wednesday, October 3

Vacuum Bagging Challenge

Seminar Wing, Tampa Convention Center, 1 – 2 PM

Join the first-ever IBEX Vacuum Bagging Challenge. Teams of two go head-to head to seal a vacuum bag around the perimeter of a 4×4 panel with a balloon underneath. Achieve success within set parameters without popping the balloon, and with the lowest elapsed time, and your team wins! Sign up your team today by emailing Sarah Devlin, IBEX Education Director.

Technical support, supplies, and judging panel courtesy of PRO-VAC USA.

Show floor at IBEX

Wednesday, October 3

Happy Hour in the Exhibit Halls

All 3 Exhibit Halls, 5 – 6 PM

IBEX welcomes all industry professionals for a Happy Hour in the Exhibit Halls. Participating exhibitors will offer drinks and light hor d’oeuvres from their booths – making a casual atmosphere at the end of the day.

Designer Row

Seminar Wing, Tampa Convention Center
New in 2018, IBEX has invited our industry’s top designers and naval architects to showcase their models. Take a stroll through the IBEX seminar wing to view models from top designers and up-and-coming naval architects.

Innovation Way

Innovation Way

3rd Floor Exhibit Hall, Aisle 2200

Check out the year’s innovative and award-worthy new products on display along Innovation Way. It’s your shortcut to identify must-see exhibits on the 2018 show floor. Take a look at the 2017 winners.


Electronics Pavilion, Connected By NMEA 2000

Back for 2018! 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. See how device connectivity works, the efficiency it offers, and how it can be a solution for you.







IBEX Docks

The IBEX Docks

IBEX’s Docks has expanded and will include more dock slips at the Tampa Convention Center waterfront, which means more boats with the newest technology and accessories.

Test it for yourself! Get in on the action and out on the water. This is a rare opportunity to experience the newest innovations in the industry. See the dock plan here.

Outdoor Exhibits Demo

Outdoor Exhibits & Demo

Don’t miss the outdoor exhibits. In two locations outside the Tampa Convention on the front circle drive and the Riverwalk. See the exhibits on display here.