Soundings Trade Only to host roundtable at IBEX

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Soundings Trade Only will host a roundtable event at IBEX. The panel discussion will focus on the future of the marine aftermarket, boats and components.

“From mergers and acquisitions to the sharing economy to the impact of e-commerce, technology, and adjacent markets, the landscape of marine aftermarket is quickly changing,” said Michael Verdon, Editor in Chief of Soundings Trade Only in a statement. “We believe it is the right time to bring together an experienced and diverse panel to discuss where this segment of the market is headed. IBEX is an ideal place to do so.”

Confirmed panelists include: Ron Japinga, CEO and President of Guitar Center and former Executive Vice President of Merchandising, Planning & Logistics at West Marine, Tom Schuessler, President of Land ‘N’ Sea Distributing, John Giglio, Founder & CEO of Freedom Boat Club, Larry Russo, Sr., Senior Vice President, MarineMax Russo, and Joe Lewis, Owner of the Mt. Dora Boating Center and Chairman of the MRAA and Grow Boating Board of Directors. Additional panelists will be confirmed.

The event will take place on Monday, October 1st, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Marriott Tampa Waterside. It will be followed by a reception. It is being sponsored by Mercury Marine and Attwood Corporation. Registration is available on the IBEX website at


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