The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference is the marine industry’s largest technical trade event, serving boatbuilders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors and boatyard/marine operators. It is held annually in the fall on a rotating basis in Louisville, Ky., and Tampa, Fla.

IBEX names judges for 2013 Innovation Awards

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference announced a panel of seven marine journalists to judge the 2013 IBEX Innovation Awards. “The Innovation Awards honor excellence in product development in 13 areas of the marine industry, including boatbuilding methods and materials, inboard and outboard engines, hardware, interior parts and furnishings and safety equipment,” show director Anne…more


IBEX announces Rick Pitino as keynote speaker

The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference will feature Louisville University basketball coach Rick Pitino as keynote speaker at the Industry Breakfast on Sept. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Pitino, who has been head coach of the Louisville Cardinals since 2001, coached the team to the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I basketball championship. He has…more

Registration opens for IBEX

Registration is now open for the 2013 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, which will be held Sept. 17-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Organizers are inviting marine professionals to register for the trade-only show by visiting the new IBEX website. The 2013 show offers a full schedule of 75 seminars presented by industry…more

IBEX adds Tampa to show rotation schedule

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference announced a new rotating show schedule to increase accessibility for attendees and exhibitors across the United States and internationally. IBEX organizers announced that the 2014 and 2016 shows will be held in Tampa, Fla., alternating years with the 2013 and 2015 locations in Louisville, Ky. The IBEX 2014 show…more

IBEX names new marketing director

Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, owners and producers of the International BoatBuilders’Exhibition and Conference, today announced the hiring of Kate Holden as the new marketing director and sales representative. With 15 years of experience, Holden has held positions in advertising and exhibit sales management, show management and as an account executive…more


A ‘new spirit’ at IBEX

Increased traffic, forecast of sales gains this year and next cheer participants at the big trade show Kate Bilbrey was happy when the International BoatBuilders’ Exposition & Conference moved from Florida to Louisville, Ky., two years ago. The co-owner of Lake Sara Marina in Effingham, Ill., says it wasn’t easy to attend shows when so…more

IBEX attendance rose slightly this year

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference has announced initial attendance figures for the annual trade show and networking event that took place Oct. 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Show Director Anne Dunbar said total verified attendance for IBEX 2012 was 4,701, up about 1 percent from 2011. “IBEX attracts a highly qualified…more

IBEX 2012: State Farm eyes marine financing

State Farm representatives are looking to finance boat loans. That’s according to Michael Mudd of Eriksen Marine, who told Soundings Trade Only that a State Farm representative approached him inside his dealership to solicit boat loan activity. The comments came this week during a marine banking seminar at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference in…more

IBEX 2012 VIDEO: Interview with show director Anne Dunbar

Soundings Trade Only editor-in-chief Bill Sisson and senior reporter Chris Landry sat down Wednesday with the new IBEX show director Anne Dunbar to talk about — what else — the show. Click play to watch. After two days, Dunbar reports that the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference has already been a big success. She looks…more

IBEX 2012 VIDEO: Mercury unveils joystick system

Mercury Marine began showing its joystick helm control system for outboard engines publicly for the first time Tuesday at IBEX. A display prominently stood out near one of the main entrances to the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference in Louisville, Ky. A helm station setup was hooked to twin 300-hp Verados. Trade Only senior reporter…more

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