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Why they exhibit at IBEX

Erica Ring, Director of Marketing, Accon Marine

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"Accon Marine has exhibited at IBEX from the beginning. The quality of attendees at IBEX is very high, and it provides us the opportunity to present our products to our target audience in an effective and convenient manner. We have several new products this year and are optimistic that they will be something boatbuilders want to put on their boats."

Don Zabransky, National Marketing Manager, Pettit Marine Paint

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"At Pettit Marine Paint, we have always recognized the unique opportunity that IBEX provides to communicate directly with the industry professionals who are the core of our business. Beginning with the very first IBEX show, Pettit has successfully used this venue to highlight both the superior quality and excellent value of our products."

George Bellwoar, Vice President of Marketing, Perko

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"We look at IBEX as a cost-savings opportunity. In three days we can meet with more customers than with six months of air travel and hotel bills. True, we don't always see all the people we hope to see, but that is the same with travel, especially now with many customers stretched too thin to meet or on changing furlough schedules."

Mike Stenberg, President, Dr. Shrink

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"IBEX has been a tremendous show for us over the past 10 years. We have taken advantage of offering workshops and doing shrink-wrapping demonstrations at IBEX to help educate current and future customers. These opportunities have increased booth traffic. This year we expect an exceptional show with our Shrinkwrap U. training seminar being offered for the first time."

Bruce Essig, National Sales Manager, program distribution groups, Odyssey Batteries/Enersys

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"Odyssey Batteries is the original developer and patent holder of AGM lead-acid sealed battery technology, and attends and displays its innovative and advanced dual-purpose batteries at IBEX to help boatbuilders, dealers and service groups find solutions to existing battery problems. Battery applications have become more challenging as batteries moved into cabin environments - i.e. bow thrusters, power backup and instrument support. Safety, no maintenance and long life are must-have battery features for today's modern boats. IBEX gives us the exposure we look for, the expertise of attendees who demand innovation. We look forward to another great IBEX show and talking with leaders of the boating market."

Alan Gurski, President, Gougeon Brothers

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"We've exhibited at IBEX since the beginning, and it remains an important show for both our WEST SYSTEM and PRO-SET companies. Attending IBEX keeps us abreast of current trends and at the cutting edge of marine technology. It's a convenient place to meet with current customers, highly qualified prospects, distributors, media contacts, as well as our friends in the industry, old and new. The seminars and workshops are always fresh and informative. We have a tradition of bringing new employees to IBEX to provide them full immersion in the marine industry."

This article originally appeared in the October 2009 issue.

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