Registration open for IBEX 2016

Registration for the 26th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) is now open, show organizers announced Thursday.

IBEX 2016 is October 4-6, 2016, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa.

“The opening of registration coincides with the announcement of our 2016 education conference; a selection of topics from in-depth technical seminars to trends impacting the marine industry, which again promises to deliver education you can’t get anywhere else,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director.  “In addition to our training and technical education, we are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the Industry Breakfast is Kevin Harrington, entrepreneur and Original Shark on the ABC hit, Emmy-winning TV show, Shark Tank.”

Details about The IBEX Education Conference is available online.

  • IBEX SEMINAR SERIES: The IBEX Seminar Series offers technical education from fundamental skills to cutting-edge, advanced training and is designed for shop floor crew, seasoned technicians and company officers. The series offers seminars hosted by leading experts specifically selected by the editors of Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the events’ education partners: ABYC, ABBRA, NMEA and NMMA.
  • IBEX SUPER SESSIONS (pre-conference sessions): The IBEX Super Sessions, offer specialty trainings, produced by exhibitors, to review in-depth, hands-on technical topics.
  • TECH TALK WORKSHOPS: New products, short talks, and live demos give attendees the opportunity to connect, listen, see, and experience live presentations hosted by exhibitors every hour on the hour.

IBEX kicks off on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:30 am with the Industry Breakfast, featuring the presentation of the IBEX Innovation Awards and the announcement of the NMMA Hall of Fame winners. The keynote speaker for the event will be Kevin Harrington, the inventor of the infomercial, and “Original Shark” on the ABC hit TV show Shark Tank. Since the ‘80s, Harrington has launched over 20 businesses that have grown to more than $100 million in sales each. Today he operates a private consulting firm, which works with companies to increase distribution.

Attendees can receive a 10 percent discount off seminar pricing and packages for three or more from the same organization if registered before September 9. Discount applies to paid seminars only (Super Sessions and Industry Breakfast excluded). Students receive a 50 percent discount off established seminar rates with marine school ID and if registered before September 9. To receive the discounts, contact Joanne Miller or

The 2016 event will add a first floor exhibit hall with more than 150 new exhibitors as a result of the growing strength of the industry. For a complete list of exhibitors, click here.

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