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Ron Schmitt wins NMRA Mel Barr Award at IBEX

The National Marine Representatives Association presented its 2017 Mel Barr Award to Ron Schmitt, president and CEO at G.G. Schmitt & Sons. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the improvement of the industry and is named in the memory of marine rep Mel Barr, one of the founders of NMRA and its first president. Tim Hennagir, editor ...

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MRAA delivers dealer development presentation at IBEX

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas delivered an educational seminar at last week’s International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, highlighting methods that manufacturers and suppliers can use to create a competitive advantage through dealer development. Featuring MRAA’s Lead Dealer Certification Consultant Bob McCann as the instructor, MRAA shared how manufacturers and suppliers can save time and money, improve customer loyalty ...

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Nearly 6,500 industry professionals attended IBEX 2017

The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference, which took place Sept. 19-21in Tampa, Fla., attracted nearly 6,500 marine industry professionals, a 4 percent increase over 2016. International professionals made up over 7 percent of the attendance from more than 50 countries. Show organizers reported an increased number of no-shows for 2017, acknowledging the impact Hurricane Irma had on many registrants’ ability ...

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Industry professionals address hurricane recovery at IBEX

Boatbuilders and marine industry professionals attending the 27th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Tampa learned more about recent Texas and Florida hurricane recovery best practices during a special session Wednesday morning. A panel of IBEX presenters with backgrounds in insurance claims, electrical systems, hazard mitigation, security, and recovery conducted an hour-and-a-half session for attendees. The session began with the ...

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IBEX announces 2017 Innovation Award winners

This morning the winners of the 2017 Innovation Awards were announced during the annual Industry Breakfast at the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference. The Innovation Awards honored achievement in product development in 10 areas of the marine industry. Winners were selected by a panel of judges from Boating Writers International, a professional organization consisting of writers, editors, publishers, photographers, broadcasters ...

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IBEX donated $5,000 to feeding Tampa Bay

Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director, announced this morning at the Industry Breakfast that, to support local recovery efforts in Tampa, the host city of IBEX, a donation was made to Feeding Tampa Bay for $5,000. The events owners, RAI Amsterdam and NMMA, supported the donation. Right now, Feeding Tampa Bay has put its disaster relief plan into action distributing food in ...

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IBEX adds special hurricane session

The IBEX team has added a special session to its schedule to provide practical insights and updates on marine businesses impacted by Hurricanes Irma or Harvey. The free session will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 12. "I am hopeful that bringing the industry together so soon after these hurricanes will begin many critical ...

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IBEX offers nine super sessions in 2017

As part of its education program, the 2017 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference will feature a variety of in-depth Super Sessions on Monday, Sept. 18, the day before the show opens at the Tampa Convention Center. The Super Sessions – organized and produced by Grow Boating, the National Marine Electronics Association, the International Marina Institute. the Society for Naval Architects and Marine ...

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IBEX announces judges panel for 2017 Innovation Awards

The 2017 Innovation Awards, managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and judged by Boating Writers International, will be presented at the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference during the annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Waterside Marriott Hotel. Eight judges with extensive technical boating product background are expected ...

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Networking opportunities available at IBEX 2017

IBEX is about connecting the industry, and there are several networking opportunities at the 27th International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference, Sept.19-21 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Fla. Boatbuilding professionals from around the world have already registered to attend IBEX, which will offer several exhibit areas with new products and services, product demonstrations, as well as a happy hour and ...

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