IBEX Announces Last Call on Early Bird Registration for 2012 Conference in Louisville, KY

LOUISVILLE, KY – The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) has issued a Last Call for early-bird registration for the 2012 seminar program. Attendees registering online at www.ibexshow.com before Sept. 7 will receive a 25 percent discount.

“Over the years, IBEX has earned a reputation for the high quality and content of our seminar program,” said Carl Cramer, IBEX co-director and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine. “For 2012 we have put together an exciting lineup of speakers who will provide practical and useful lessons that marine professionals can use to enhance their professional development and improve their businesses.”

The early-bird price is $375 for the full conference package ($500 after Sept. 7), $225 for any six seminars ($325 after Sept. 7) and $50 each for individual sessions ($65 after Sept. 7).

The conference lineup includes more than 90 technical and business management seminars in 13 different tracks:

  • Design and Engineering
  • Design and Engineering for Sailboats
  • Composites Methods and Materials
  • Survey and Repair
  • Wood and Metal
  • Onboard Systems
  • Marine Electrical Systems
  • Boatyard and Marina Operations
  • Education and Training
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Marine Electronics
  • Service Department Excellence
  • Dealer Development

Speakers include: Dick Akers, Roger Brown, Steve Burke, Nigel Calder, Andre Cocquyt, Steve D’Antonio, Henry Elliot, Dave Gerr, Nigel Irens, Val Jenkins, Rob Kaidy, Jonathan Klopman, Steve Knox, Scott Lewit, John McKnight, Gino Morrelli, Dick Newick, Joe Parker, Ron Reisner, Robert Schofield, Eric Sponberg, Kellie Thornell-Crete, J.B. Turner and David Veech.

“In addition to the boating industry’s premier education program, IBEX 2012 offers something of value for all marine professionals, including free admission to the exhibition hall where more than 500 OEM and aftermarket companies will preview their new products for 2013, free factory workshops and outdoor demos, one-day pre-conference workshops, NMMA market intelligence conference, innovation awards, social media lounge, compliance and regulatory pavilion, NMEA ConnectFest and more,” said Cramer. “And IBEX is also the industry’s meeting place, where you can network with your customers, suppliers, distribution partners, competitors and thousands of other marine professionals from all over the world. You’ll see all your old friends and make new ones.”

IBEX 2012 will take place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville Oct. 2-4. The Advance Program Guide provides full details and is available for download at www.ibexshow.com.

About IBEX
Owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), IBEX is the marine industry’s largest technical trade event. For boatbuilders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors, and boatyard/marine operators, IBEX is where the business of boating gets done. For the latest information, visit www.ibexshow.com.

About Professional BoatBuilder magazine
Professional BoatBuilder, a boatbuilding-industry trade magazine, was first published in 1989 in response to a growing need for a dedicated forum for boatbuilding-related professionals. The magazine’s worldwide readership exceeds 24,000 (subject to BPA international audit). Professional BoatBuilder is online at www.proboat.com.

About NMMA
The NMMA is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters in North America. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. Learn more at www.nmma.org.