IBEX 2019: Reports from the show floor, demo docks


Trade Only Today conducted its final series of livestream interviews with marine industry leaders yesterday, the final day of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference.

Yesterday’s interviews, conducted in a livestream studio at the Soundings Trade Only booth, included:

  • Nick Fanelli, sales and customer relations manager, Ilmor Marine
  • Irene Dros, show director, Metstrade,
  • Anne Dunbar, show director, IBEX
  • Frank Hugelmeyer, president, National Marine Manufacturers Association
  • Ken Smaga, vice president, Commar
  • Michal Bak, secretary general, Polboat
  • Grace Schmidt, chairwoman, CEO and president of BoatLife
  • Robby Holland, vice president of sales and marketing, Ritchie Navigation
  • Alan Gurski, president, Gougeon Brothers
  • Matt Gruhn, president, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas

The entire Trade Only Today interview series from IBEX is archived here.

Photos from Soundings Trade Only’s 40th anniversary gala are posted on the magazine’s Facebook page.


Two Boosts for Boating and Fishing

MBIA’s Metro Boat show show draws a crowd, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expands boating and fishing opportunities.

Norwalk Boat Show Opens Today

The NMMA show runs through Sunday at Norwalk Cove Marina in Norwalk, Conn.

Raritan Expands Team

Patrick McNeel joins the New Jersey-based manufacturer as a marine equipment product developer.

Industry Mourns Walter “Bing” Burns O’Meara

The longtime publisher of Lakeland Boating magazine has died at 81.

NMMA Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Regulator Marine’s Joan Maxwell and Bill Watters of Syntec Industries will be honored at IBEX.

Brunswick Acquires SemahTronix

The supplier of wiring harnesses and other electrical assemblies will be part of Brunswick’s growing Advanced Systems Group.

Mercury, Navico Join Electric Race Series

The Brunswick Corp. subsidiaries will provide an e-powertrain and electronics for the new E1 Series, which will feature electric hydrofoil boats.

Rollick and Lightspeed Team Up on Dealer Support

The partnership will give LightspeedEVO dealers access to Rollick’s consumer analytics.

End of an Era

Leon Slikkers retires from Tiara while a new boat is planned.