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 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

IBEX 2012 VIDEO: Interview with NMMA president Thom Dammrich

National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich sat down Tuesday for an interview with Trade Only editor-in-chief Bill Sisson and associate editor Reagan Haynes at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference in Louisville, Ky. Click play to watch. Saying he sees a “new spirit” in the industry, Dammrich notes that new-boat sales were up 4…more

IBEX 2012 VIDEO: Interview with MRAA president Matt Gruhn

Some boat dealers seem to be enjoying record sales this year, so it was a happy Matt Gruhn who sat down Tuesday for an interview with Trade Only editor-in-chief Bill Sisson on the opening day of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference in Louisville, Ky. The president of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas…more

IBEX 2012 VIDEO: Show opens with ‘new spirit’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The state of the marine industry is looking up, with sales of boats and engines expected to be up 10 percent this year and another 10 percent in 2013, National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich said this morning at the industry breakfast that marked the opening of the 22nd annual International…more

Industry descends on Louisville for IBEX

Louisville International Airport is bustling this morning as marine industry members from around the country and the world stream into the Kentucky city for the 21st annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference. IBEX opens Tuesday at the Kentucky Exposition Center and runs through Thursday. The event starts with an industry awards breakfast at 7:30 a.m.…more

IBEX organizers prepare for next week

The excitement is building as marine professionals from all segments of the recreational marine industry prepare to make their way to the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, which opens Tuesday at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. “Now in its 21st year, IBEX has grown from its roots as a technical conference and trade show…more

IBEX names new show director

Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, owners and producers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, promoted Anne Dunbar to IBEX show director. With more than 25 years of experience in the marine industry, Dunbar is an experienced business, sales and marketing professional, according to show organizers. She has been the marketing…more

IBEX unveils workshop lineup

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference announced its lineup of free educational opportunities for attendees. “For this year’s IBEX we are offering 16 exhibitor workshops on a wide range of subjects,” Carl Cramer, IBEX co-director and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine, said in a statement. “These sessions are led by factory experts, who will answer…more

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