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IBEX Announces Networking Events


Organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference today released a schedule of networking events to help connect industry participants during the Sept. 27-29 event in Tampa, Fla.

“We are constantly developing new ways to promote connection during IBEX,” show director Anne Dunbar said in a 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 and rolling out a new and improved Emerging Marine Leaders networking session.”

Among the new events is a two-part session called Strengthening Leadership through Brand Development and Networking, which will include a presentation from Marissa Russo, assistant director of career readiness at the University of Tampa. Russo will discuss the importance of building a personal brand, networking with leadership and mentorship. Following, these newly developed skills will be used during a private social networking event.

Also new this year is Career Day, hosted by the American Boat & Yacht Council in partnership with IBEX. ABYC and IBEX will welcome students and instructors from six Florida marine technical schools. More than 35 students are expected to attend. The program offers students industry experience, exposure to exhibitors and their products, and access to select IBEX technical seminars.

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

The complete IBEX schedule can be found here.

Early registration closes Aug. 25.



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