IBEX Names Award Judging Panel


International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference organizers said the winners of the Innovation Awards will be announced during the virtual show’s opening session, and they named the the judging panel.

“The Innovation Awards program recognizes and rewards new-product development, and they’re an integral part of IBEX, so we will deliver these prestigious awards on the opening day as we normally do, in an online presentation within the virtual event,” show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.

The judges are:

• Chair, Zuzana Prochazka Boating Writers International executive director

• Co-Chair, Ben Stein, editor of Pambo.com

• Brady Kay, executive editor of Pontoon & Deck Boat magazine

• Ed Sherman, former vice president of the American Boat and Yacht Council

• Capt. Greg Thornton, AYBC-certified technician

There are 16 award categories:

• Boat Care and Maintenance

• Boatbuilding Methods and Materials

• Boatyard and Marina Hardware and Software

• Coverings

• Deck Equipment and Hardware

• Electrical Systems

• Entertainment

• Furnishings and Interior Parts

• Inboard Engines

• Lighting

• Mechanical Systems

• OEM Electronics

• Outboard Engines

• Propulsion Parts, Propellers

• Safety Equipment

• Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories

“We look forward to sharing the industry’s innovation with the entire IBEX community and are hoping for record-setting submissions,” Dunbar said. “We are eager to see what our exhibitors have to offer this year.”


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