IBEX

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 debuts new social media tools

Social media channels for the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in October are up and running. The channels on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are designed to let members of the marine industry know that although IBEX once was considered a manufacturer boat show, there is now something for everyone. “One of the things I’m doing…more

IBEX names 2012 keynote speaker

Former U.S. Census Bureau director Steve H. Murdock will address changing U.S. demographics and their impact on the marine industry as keynote speaker at the 2012 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference industry breakfast. Murdock will speak Oct. 2 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. IBEX will be held there from Oct. 2-4. “The 2010…more

IBEX adds social media workshop

A new attraction at the 2012 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will be the Social Media Lounge, where marine professionals can connect and engage with their online communities and learn how to use these new tools to enhance their professional development and grow their businesses. Managed by social media guru Josh Chiles, the Social Media…more

IBEX opens online registration

Online registration is now open for the 2012 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. The marine technology and networking event, which attracts thousands of the industry’s decision-making professionals, is scheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Registered attendees have free access to the exhibit hall and manufacturers’ workshops. For a nominal fee,…more

IBEX hotel booking includes Kentucky Derby drawing

Visitors booking hotel rooms for the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference can win prizes that include tickets to the 2013 Kentucky Derby. The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau will be the exclusive housing agency for the annual boating industry trade show and networking event this year and will offer special incentives. “We are confident their…more

VIDEO: The new reality after the Great Recession

There are many lessons to be learned from the Great Recession, and industry leaders Bill Yeargin, of Correct Craft; Larry Russo Sr., of Russo Marine; and Joe Lewis, of the Mount Dora Boating Center and Marina, shared what they learned at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. In September 2008, when the market plunged, all…more

VIDEO: How dealers can navigate 2012

At the recent International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, Soundings Trade Only sat down with Norm Schultz and Ed Lofgren to ask their opinion on what the new year will bring for dealers and the marine industry. Click play to watch Schultz and Lofgren discuss the future as well as issues such as pitfalls for dealers…more

IBEX hires firm for show promotion

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference selected Rhodes Communications to provide advertising, marketing and public relations services for the annual marine industry trade show. Owned and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Professional BoatBuilder magazine, IBEX brings together all elements of the boating industry, including boatbuilders, naval architects, marine engineers, equipment suppliers, distributors,…more

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The race to ‘smart’

Innovation awards reflect industry’s success in marrying on-board electronics with mobile devices The marine industry is keeping up with the fast-paced integration of electronics and mobile devices, as evidenced by two recent product innovation contests. About half of the 60 entries in the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference Innovation Awards were in the electronics,…more

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Toughing it out at IBEX

Beleaguered economy led to fewer attendees, but those who were there positioned themselves for 2012 With an increased number of exhibitors and a record amount of seminars, the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference settled into its Kentucky home and brought out some of the newest and most innovative products the marine industry has to…more

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