Face time at IBEX can inspire new products and build long-term relationships It would be hard to attend the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference and not come away better equipped for doing business. Those who attend the Sept. 17-19 trade show in Louisville, Ky., will have unmatched opportunities for technical and business education, networking, product sampling and, of course, deal-making. It’s also a good place to get a perspective on the industry’s future direction. All of the decision makers will be there, says National Marine Representatives Association president Ken Smaga. IBEX veterans say it’s the place where the various industry segments come together and make for a better whole. “The synergies start to happen at IBEX when you roll up your sleeves with engineers, the COOs and everyone else,” says Dave Wollard, who heads up North American sales for Germany-based Webasto. “If there were no IBEX we would have to create one,” concludes National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich.
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