Trade show magazine honors IBEX

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Trade Show Executive Magazine named the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference among the Fastest 50 Class of 2014.

IBEX received recognition in two categories: growth in the number of exhibitors and growth in attendance.

Plans are under way for the growth to continue at the 2015 event, which will take place Sept. 15-17 at the Louisville Convention Center in Kentucky.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by the leading event industry magazine as one of the fastest-growing shows in the country," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement. "We have incredible plans for the upcoming show in September to continue to build upon our commitment to produce the marine industry's largest technical trade event."

After the 2014 event, which took place Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Tampa, Fla., IBEX organizers said it attracted 6,900 attendees, a 47 percent increase from 2013, and that the 558 exhibiting companies represented a 15 percent increase in exhibitor participation from the 2013 show.

"I am so happy to announce that IBEX, the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference, has just been named one of Trade Show Executive's 50 fastest-growing shows of 2014," magazine president Darlene Gudea said.

"Congratulations to the entire IBEX team — this was no small accomplishment. The average trade show in 2014 grew only 2 percent in each of these three categories."

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