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 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

IBEX schedules bourbon-sampling event

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference is partnering with two well-known Louisville-based distilleries to stage the first “IBEX Bourbon Experience” All-Industry Party during the last hour of the show from 5-6 p.m. on Oct. 3. Bourbon bars will be set up at strategic locations throughout the IBEX exhibit hall. Attendees can sample a variety of…more

IBEX unveils online show-planning tool

Registered attendees at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will have access this year to a free planning and networking online tool called myIBEX. “MyIBEX is a new service we are introducing for the first time this year to enhance the IBEX experience for exhibitors and attendees,” IBEX co-director Carl Cramer said in a statement.…more

IBEX unveils mobile app for 2012 show

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference announced today that the new mobile app for IBEX 2012 is available for download. This new smart-phone app will make it easier to navigate the expansive exhibit halls and it offers complete show information, according to show organizers. The app operates on all smart-phone brands. “Using the new IBEX…more

IBEX schedules fuel systems seminar

The 2012 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference will feature a seminar titled “Boat Fuel and Fuel Systems,” at which industry experts will provide insights into regulatory compliance issues and alternative fuels. Panelists for the 90-minute seminar will be Harold Haskew, Harold Haskew and Associates; Rich Kolb, Volvo Penta of the Americas; David Marlow, Brunswick Boat…more

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