IBEX names 2012 keynote speaker

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Former U.S. Census Bureau director Steve H. Murdock will address changing U.S. demographics and their impact on the marine industry as keynote speaker at the 2012 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference industry breakfast.

Murdock will speak Oct. 2 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. IBEX will be held there from Oct. 2-4.

“The 2010 census figures document the profound change that is taking place in the composition of the American population,” Murdock said in a statement. “The Hispanic population over 18 grew by 45 percent between 2005 and 2010 to make up 16 percent of the nation’s total. Likewise, the number of African Americans over 18 grew 17 percent over the same period and represents 14 percent of the total, and the Asian-American population was up 46 percent. By 2050, non-Hispanic whites will be a minority.”

Murdock, who was director of the U.S. Census Bureau from 2007-2009, is a sociology professor at Rice University.

He also has been the chairman of demography and organization studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, director of the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research, department head of rural sociology at Texas A&M University and official state demographer of Texas.

He earned a doctorate in demography and sociology from the University of Kentucky and is the author or editor of 13 books and more than 150 articles and technical reports on the implications of current and future demographic and socioeconomic change. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work in sociology and socioeconomics.

“Dr. Murdock will draw on his vast background and experience to share with us his views on the changing demographic landscape in the coming decade and what boating consumers will look like in the coming years,” IBEX co-director Carl Cramer said in a statement. “The subject is of compelling interest to everyone in the boating business, including boat designers, builders, equipment suppliers, distributors and retailers, who will be increasingly selling into a population that has a much higher percentage of Hispanics, African Americans and Asian Americans.”

Owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, IBEX is the marine industry’s largest technical trade event.

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