IBEX debuts program designed for millennials

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The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference has started a new marine millennial program for the Sept. 15-17 event in Louisville, Ky.

The program is designed to attract young professionals in the marine industry who are looking to connect with each other and industry leaders and be a part of the industry's largest gathering.

"My goal is to create a community for marine industry professionals who are under 35 years old and let IBEX be the gathering place for them to connect, learn, share and expand their presence in the industry," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.

"The small but mighty Marine Millennial Planning Team who worked with me to develop this program are Andrew Breece from WoodenBoat Publications Inc., Katie D'Antonio from Steve D'Antonio Marine Consulting Inc. and Will Watters from Syntec Industries, and we invite all young marine professionals to visit the web page and register to join the group,” Dunbar said. “There is no charge to join."

The benefits of joining the group include a Louisville urban bourbon trail welcome passport; access to the Marine Millennial Lounge on the show floor; daily one-hour mentor sessions with a variety of marine industry leaders; VIM (Very Important Millennial) seating at a dedicated table at the Industry Breakfast; discount dinner and drinks at local establishments; the Marine Millennial Hang Tag Program and the marine millennials’ after-hours gatherings at Tavern on Fourth overlooking Fourth Street Live.

The lounge will include a mentor program on Sept. 15 and 16 with industry veterans, including Bryant Boats chairman John Dorton.

"The goal of the IBEX Millennial group is to instill a fresh, new perspective on the IBEX show, while creating a voice for a new, younger demographic within the industry," Watters said. "We are more than excited to bring together a talented young group to show the industry our generation's interests and concerns."

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