The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference named Sarah Devlin as IBEX director of education.
Devlin returns to IBEX after pursuing her second-favorite recreational pastime as communications director for one of the largest ski resorts in New England.
She began her career in the marine industry in the late 1990s as an associate editor at Professional BoatBuilder magazine. After launching ProBoat's online training venture, EMarineTraining, Devlin was a founding board member of the Marine Industry Training & Education Council.
IBEX will be held Oct. 4-6 at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center; proposals for seminars should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 11.
"Sarah's expertise in creating and managing a quality technical marine education program, combined with excellent marketing and social media skills, make her a perfect fit for this position and we are thrilled to welcome Sarah back to the team as the director of education," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.
"In addition to managing the expected and excellent core technical education Sarah will also be responsible for making the changes necessary to take the IBEX seminar series to the next level,” Dunbar said.
“We are confident she will develop an exceptional technical educational program, working in conjunction with our partners Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the events' education partners — ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council), ABBRA (American Boat Builders and Repairers Association), NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) and NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association.”
"As education director, I intend to work closely with my peers to ensure IBEX not only addresses the needs of professionals who currently attend these seminars, but also appeals to those who may be unaware that IBEX has such a robust program," Devlin said.
"The IBEX seminar series has a long tradition of bringing the industry together to discuss and share new methods, compelling ideas and interesting concepts. I deeply respect the integrity of this show, and I want to be certain we continue that practice while revamping the entire experience. Look for positive changes in the coming year."