Trade Associations

Florida Governor to speak at IBEX Industry Breakfast

Ron DeSantis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will deliver keynote remarks during the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, September 28, at the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street from 7:30-9:30 a.m. “We are excited to welcome Governor DeSantis to IBEX and honored to have him speak during our Industry Breakfast kickoff event,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “The innovation ...

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Joan Maxwell and Bill Watters named to NMMA Hall of Fame

NMMA announced today the induction of two industry pioneers into the NMMA Hall of Fame, its most prestigious honor. Joan Maxwell, President and Co-Founder of Regulator Marine, and Bill Watters, President of Syntec Industries, will be presented with the 2021 NMMA Hall of Fame Award during IBEX. The ceremony takes place at the show’s annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, September 28 ...

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Outdoor recreation community has opportunity to inform spending priorities

The passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) was a huge accomplishment for the outdoor recreation industry and the thousands of businesses that make up the $788 billion recreation economy. Through GAOA implementation, the outdoor recreation community has the unique opportunity to have its voice heard and inform agency and congressional partners of priorities carried out through the Land ...

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Discover Boating generates strong engagement

Discover Boating sparked interest and encouraged participation in boating this summer – and with help from its influencer partners creating and posting compelling content – gained nearly 400 NEW Instagram followers during the month of August. Instagram profile actions were also up 82% compared to the previous month in July. That indicates people were interested in learning more after they saw a social ...

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife expands recreation opportunities on managed lands and waters

The Department of the Interior announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has opened new or expanded hunting, boating and sport fishing opportunities across 2.1 million acres, the largest expansion of outdoor recreation opportunities in recent history. The increased recreational access, which covers 88 National Wildlife Refuges and one National Fish Hatchery, is consistent with the Biden-Harris administration’s America ...

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IBEX 2021 announces schedule of networking and special events

IBEX 2021

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced the schedule of networking and special events for industry professionals to connect during its 30th Anniversary celebration September 28-30 in Tampa, FL. Registration is open and exhibit hall badges are free through September 26, 2021. The IBEX daily schedule can be found at Special events can be found at Here are special ...

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Newport International Boat Show kicks-off 2021 boat show season

The 50th Anniversary of the Newport International Boat Show will take place September 16 – 19, 2021 on the downtown waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. “We are seeing an incredible amount of excitement from boaters about this year’s show,” said Nancy Piffard, Show Director, Newport Exhibition Group. “Consumers are looking forward to seeing the latest products, ...

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Registration opens for ABYC/USCG Risk Mitigation Conference

ABYC logo

Registration is now open for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Risk Mitigation: Series 1—Regulations and Electrification to be held virtually on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. The first in a new series of one-day events dedicated to mitigating the risk in designing and building recreational boats, this first conference will focus on the ...

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California lawmakers approve consumer protection law measure

The California Assembly approved Assembly Bill 335 (AB 335) by a unanimous vote of 77-0, following passage in the California Senate by a vote of 38-0. This legislation is critical for marine manufacturers to maintain compliance with federal consumer protection law. Passage of AB 335 secures a win for the recreational boating industry and ensures that manufacturers may collect and ...

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Discover Boating launches new state-by-state safety map

Discover Boating launched a new interactive state-by-state safety map, providing boaters an easy-to-use tool to find everything they need to know about boating safety, life jacket and education course requirements, and licenses needed in their state before getting on the water. Help promote safe and responsible boating practices as many take advantage of the final days of the boating season for ...

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