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 sets entry deadline, names judges for Innovation Awards

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference announced that the deadline for 2012 Innovation Award entries is Aug. 28 and named the panel of judges. “IBEX is, at its heart, a technology event where exhibitors show the new products and processes that will change the face of boating in the future,” Carl Cramer, IBEX co-director and…more


‘Not your grandpa’s IBEX show’

Annual conference offers social media tools, networking opportunities and new-product innovation Organizers of the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference have expanded the scope of the upcoming show and added new software and a social media lounge to its offerings. “IBEX continues to evolve throughout its 22 years,” says Carl Cramer, IBEX co-director and the publisher…more

IBEX receives backing from Louisville mayor

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer proclaimed Oct. 1-5 as Marine Technology Week to honor the 2012 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. IBEX 2012, scheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, is a marine technology and networking event that attracts thousands of professionals from all segments of the marine industry. “It’s encouraging to…more

IBEX adds exhibitor video awards

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference and the Marine Marketers of America created the Exhibitor Video Awards to honor the best product and company videos that IBEX exhibitors produce in 2012. Exhibitor Video Award winners will be selected by a panel of judges from the MMA, according to IBEX. Awards will be presented at the…more

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

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