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IBEX Adds Events and Networking Programs


The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference has announced a series of networking and special events for the 2022 show, which will run Sept. 27-29 at the Tampa Bay Convention Center in Florida.

New this year is the Emerging Marine Leaders’ “Strengthening Leadership Through Brand Development and Networking” session on Wednesday, Sept. 28, the National Marine Manufacturers Association said in a statement this morning. Marissa Russo, assistant director of career development at the University of Tampa, begins the programming with a presentation, and a private social networking event follows.

The American Boat & Yacht Council will host a Career Day on Thursday, Sept. 29. ABYC and IBEX will welcome students from six Florida marine technical schools and their instructors.

The All-Industry Exhibit Hall Happy Hour returns this year on Sept. 28. The annual Industry Breakfast kicks off the conference on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Tampa Marriott Water Street, with a keynote by global futurist Jack Uldrich.

“We are constantly developing new ways to promote connection during IBEX,” Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director, said in the statement. “While many of our longtime visitors and exhibitors are familiar with staple events like the Industry Breakfast and Opening Night Party, we are pleased to be bringing back the Wednesday night All-Industry Exhibit Hall Happy Hour … ”

Other special events include the Soundings Trade Only’s Women in the Industry Summit and Industry Leadership Panel on Sept. 26; the Opening Night Party, sponsored by Wet Sounds Inc.; Pitch the Press with a happy hour to follow, sponsored by Propspeed; and a Mid-Show Mixer held outside at the Sail Pavilion, sponsored by Roswell Marine.

Full information on IBEX can be found here



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