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Soundings Trade Only’s IBEX roundtable to focus on aftermarket


Sounding Trade Only’s roundtable panel discussion at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference has reached standing-room-only capacity. The free event takes place Monday at the Marriott Tampa Waterside across from the Tampa Convention Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Michael Verdon, editor-in-chief of Soundings Trade Only, will moderate the roundtable. The panel will discuss dynamic shifts taking place in the aftermarket sector, the impact of mergers and acquisitions, and the ways e-commerce has disrupted traditional brick-and-mortar retail sales in the aftermarket.

The panelists include:

  • Ron Japinga, CEO and president of Guitar Center and formerly executive vice president of merchandising, planning and logistics at West Marine.
  • Tom Schuessler, president of Land ‘N’ Sea Distributing
  • John Giglio, founder and CEO of Freedom Boat Clubs
  • Joe Lewis, owner of Mount Dora Boating Center and chairman of Grow Boating and MRAA board of directors.
  • Larry Russo, senior vice president of MarineMax Russo Marine
  • Colin Puckett, head of seller marketing at Amazon Business

A reception will follow the discussion. IBEX attendees can still register for the event.


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