The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, which takes place Oct. 4-6 at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida, will hold several events to create networking opportunities.
"We are thrilled to be bringing IBEX back to Tampa and offering our attendees and exhibitors a terrific venue and host city where everyone can enjoy easy access to the show and after-hours networking opportunities at dozens of special events that are scheduled all over downtown each night," show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.
"We kick things off on Sunday afternoon with IBEX at the Buccaneers’ NFL game against the Denver Broncos, followed by a great day of super sessions on Monday and an action-packed opening day filled with our industry breakfast [and] the opening night party at the Sail Pavilion,” Dunbar said. “IBEX is famous for its after-hours interactions, and this year is no exception.”
Organizers said conferees who arrive on Oct. 2 can join IBEX at the Tampa-Bay-Denver game at 4 p.m. and receive special savings.
On Oct. 4, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., IBEX will open with the Industry Breakfast and Innovation Awards with keynote speaker Kevin Harrington of TV’s “Shark Tank,” sponsored by Lippert Components and Furrion and Southco Inc.
That event will take place in the grand ballroom at the Tampa Waterside Marriott Hotel, where National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich will give his state-of-the-industry address.
From 5 to 6 p.m. there will be a series of Composite Tech Talks at the Future Materials display in the Composite Pavilion on the show floor. Attendees, exhibitors, speakers and the press are invited to the opening night party at the Sail Pavilion, starting at 6 p.m.
On Oct. 5, the American Boat & Yacht Council will host the annual “Coffee and Compliance" networking session.
A new show feature is the Haimes Coleman Group Marine Dealer Tech Tour. On Oct. 5 and 6 hundreds of dealers will experience a guided tour through the IBEX show floor, focusing on new and innovative products and presentations.
Participants are also invited to a happy hour and networking event.