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The IBEX Show Floor
Westlawn Students, Alumni and Guests at the IBEX Student Dinner
ome 4,700 marine professionals came to Louisville Kentucky to
experience IBEX 2013, from September 17th to 23rd.
Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers
Association (NMMA) commented, “IBEX was well attended this
year, but what was most striking to me was that business was
taking place on the show floor. Many high level marine profession-
als—boatbuilders, engineers, designers, composite professionals,
and others—were networking and making deals. The atmosphere
was very exciting.”
Attendees were able to learn about and experience hundreds of
new products throughout the three-day show. There were also
several boats on display, featuring cutting-edge building techniques
or technologies.
“You have to be at IBEX to benefit from the impressive collection of
industry professionals,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director.
“It's the unexpected interactions that pay off; you have to be there
to experience the face-to-face networking and the incredible value
that IBEX offers.”
Westlawn’s booth was even busier than usual, with four new
students enrolling at the show and many alumni and friends
stopping by. Westlawn director Dave Gerr presented a seminar on
the fundamentals of stability for boats.
The official student dinner on Wednesday was at Mark’s Feed store,
but—as in previous years—students had so much fun they gathered
for dinner all three nights of the show, including a wonderful home-
cooked meal by Tobey Toth, at the Toth’s cottage.
Organizers and attendees indicated that they were already looking
ahead to next year’s show, which will take place in Tampa, FL,
September 30 – October 2, 2014. From this point forward, the
show will rotate between Louisville and Tampa annually.
IBEX Attendees Entrance
The Westlawn Booth
Jay Jeffries in Discussion with
the U.S. Coast Guard
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