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IBEX adds baseball Hall of Famer for keynote address

The Industry Breakfast audience will hear a motivational keynote presentation from baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench.

Organizers of this year’s International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference said the Industry Breakfast audience will hear a motivational keynote presentation from baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench.

"Johnny Bench is a symbol of winning through hard work and teamwork, as outlined in his keynote presentation featuring ‘The Vowels of Success,’ and we are thrilled to welcome the Catcher of the Century to deliver the keynote address at the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast," NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. "Johnny's impressive record on and off the baseball field illustrates his dedication to his team and the game, all values which will resonate with our attendees, who will be inspired by his drive to succeed."

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989, the former Cincinnati Reds catcher is widely considered the greatest catcher ever, as the Sporting News said in late 1998 while naming him the 16th greatest player of all time.

His honors include National League Rookie of the Year (1968), National League Most Valuable Player (1970 and 1972), World Series MVP (1976), a 14-time All-Star and the winner of 10 Gold Gloves.

Over the years, Bench has maintained a sense of balance by using his celebrity status to aid such worthy causes as the Heart Association, the American Cancer Society (as past national chairman of Athletes vs. Cancer), the Kidney Foundation, Franciscan Sisters of Poor Health System, the American Lung Association and the “Catch the Cure” program of Children's Hospital of Cincinnati.

"We know our attendees and exhibitors will be inspired and motivated by Johnny Bench and we thank our Industry Breakfast sponsor the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation for partnering with us to offer an exciting way to begin IBEX 2015," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said. "The IBEX Industry Breakfast is always a highlight of the show and we encourage people to register early, as this event will surely sell out."

The breakfast will be held Sept. 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

Click here to register as an attendee for IBEX and purchase tickets for the industry breakfast.

Exhibitors and booth staff interested in registering or adding Industry Breakfast tickets should click here. For questions, contact Joanne Miller, (312) 946-6245.

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