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IBEX announces 2018 breakfast keynote speaker

Rich Karlgaard

Rich Karlgaard

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference has announced the details of its annual Industry Breakfast and Awards Ceremony. The doors will open at 7:00 a.m. on October 2 and the program will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Tampa Marriott.

Best-selling author and business speaker Rich Karlgaard will deliver the keynote address. He is the publisher of Forbes and a renowned global futurist, entrepreneur and author who is a regular panelist on “Forbes on Fox”. He has written two business books on healthy organizations and a past recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

“The IBEX Industry Breakfast has become a must-attend opening day event,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director, in a statement. “This year I am extremely pleased to have such a distinguished member of the business community as our keynote. I am confident the insights Rich Karlgaard will share on the U.S. and global economies, financial markets, technology and tech-driven change and innovation will be inspiring and set the tone for an exceptional IBEX show.”

Prior to the keynote speech, National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich will address the more than 750 marine professionals attending the breakfast, discussing the future of the industry with the theme Recreational Boating in 2035.

“The boating industry is on the verge of a quantum shift,” said Dammrich. “While our industry is experiencing a Golden Age with new innovations, an increase in production and record boating expenditures, we need to shift the short-term focus and look generations ahead, determining how the industry needs to adapt — from employee recruitment to attracting new boaters — and ensuring a healthy industry and strong boating population for years to come.”

Several industry awards will also be presented at the breakfast, including the National Marine Representatives Association Mel Bar, Boating Industry Movers & Shakers and IBEX Innovation Awards. New this year, the International Boat Industry Export Excellence Award will also be presented.

Registration for the IBEX Industry Breakfast is now available. Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased before the show.

For information about the Industry Breakfast and Awards Ceremony, please visit For more information on IBEX 2018, exhibiting companies, interactive exhibit hall floor plans, and more, please visit To register for the Show and purchase Industry Breakfast tickets, click here.


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