IBEX’s Opening Night “Party for a Purpose” to Kick Off the 2014 Show with Food, Drinks, Live Music, & More

BROOKLIN, ME, August 21, 2014 – The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference will open with “Party for a Purpose” September 30, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Sail Pavilion outside the Tampa Convention Center.

The event will give attendees a chance to network and learn about advocacy work for the boating industry while enjoying food, drinks, and entertainment. All exhibitors and attendees are invited.

“The IBEX Opening Night Party for a Purpose will give everyone a chance to network and learn about advocacy work for the boating industry while enjoying local food, drinks, and entertainment.” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “We anticipate a great turn out for what will be the most social event of the show and an opportunity to learn about and get active in our industry’s critical advocacy work in Washington, DC.”

The Party will be held at the Sail Pavilion, Tampa’s only 360 degree waterfront bar, located on the Riverwalk just outside the Tampa Convention Center. Guests will enjoy delicious cuisine from the Food Truck Rally, featuring the local food trucks of Tampa, offering many different choices to suit everyone’s cravings. Entertainment will include live music from country sensation Will Erickson and on-site cigar rolling. Attendees who want to get involved in boating advocacy efforts can sign a Prior Approval Form on-site and receive a ticket good for one free drink.

“We thank the member companies of NMMA’s Accessory Manufacturers Division (AMD) board of directors for graciously sponsoring this worthwhile event,” said NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees and exhibitors to learn about the top legislative and regulatory issues that the boating industry faces, including ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard, taxpolicies, protecting boater access, and more.”

Guests will be invited to network with peers while learning how to get involved in helping the boating industry. For guests not able to attend, click here to get involved in advocacy efforts through signing a Prior Approval Form. 

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 better boats begin. For the latest information, visit


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. Professional BoatBuilder is online at


About NMMA: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association for the North American 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 .


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About American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA)

Founded in 1943, ABBRA is a national marine trade organization that represents, is dedicated to, and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism in the boat building, marine service, and boat repair industry.