MATES to host IBEX Open House

CHICAGO – The Marine Association for Technology Exchange Standards (MATES) will share its strategic goals during an Open House at the upcoming International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported in a statement today.

MATES staff and several members of the MATES Board of Directors will be on hand during the event, which is scheduled for Thursday, November 2 from 9-10 a.m. in Room D-241 of the convention center. A short presentation will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a member meet-and-greet.

“The Open House provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals and companies interested in learning more about MATES to network with current members and get a sense of how the group is working to improve communication efficiency throughout the industry,” said MATES Executive Director John Warnik. “We encourage anyone that wishes to satisfy his or her curiosity about how MATES can help improve their respective businesses to plan on attending the Thursday morning event.”

Originally founded by a small group of industry leaders, MATES is working to unite the marine industry by developing, implementing and supporting a common set of communication and data exchange standards. MATES’ ultimate goal is to create an environment where people and companies in the industry can focus on value-added activity by reducing IT burdens and eliminating system incompatibility, making it easier for companies to transact business with one another.

MATES founding and charter members include:; Channel Blade Technologies; Dockmaster Software; Integrated Dealer Systems (IDS); MarineMax; NMMA; and Watch Captain.

IBEX will take place Nov. 1-3 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

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