Best-selling author and motivational business speaker Rich Karlgaard is to deliver the Industry Breakfast keynote address at this year's International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in Tampa, Florida.

Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes and a renowned global futurist, economic leader, entrepreneur and author. As an expert in artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things, he is a regular panelist on ‘Forbes on Fox’, the author of two celebrated business books on healthy organisations, and a past recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.

“The IBEX Industry Breakfast has become a must-attend opening day event,” says Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director. “This year I am extremely pleased to have such a distinguished member of the business community as our keynote. I am confident the insights Rich Karlgaard will share on the US and global economies, financial markets, technology and tech-driven change and innovation will be inspiring and set the tone for an exceptional IBEX show."

Preceding Karlgaard’s keynote speech, NMMA president Thom Dammrich will address the more than 750 marine professionals attending the breakfast, discussing the future of the industry, with the theme ‘Recreational Boating in 2035’.

“The boating industry is on the verge of a quantum shift,” says Dammrich. “While our industry is experiencing a Golden Age with new innovations, an increase in production and record boating expenditures, we need to shift the short-term focus and look generations ahead, determining how the industry needs to adapt – from employee recruitment to attracting new boaters – and ensuring a healthy industry and strong boating population for years to come.”

Several industry awards will also be presented, including the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) Mel Barr, Boating Industry Movers & Shakers, the IBEX Innovation Awards, and a new export award for US companies – the Export Excellence Award, conceived and sponsored by IBI magazine.

The IBI Export Excellence Award is designed to recognise excellence in the realm of export sales by US boatbuilders or marine equipment manufacturers, or distributors and manufactures representatives of US products.

The award will be presented by IBI editor Ed Slack at the IBEX Industry Breakfast at the Tampa Marriott Waterside hotel on Tuesday, October 2. The Export Excellence call for nominations is now open – click here to access the application.

For more information about the IBEX Industry Breakfast and Awards Ceremony, visit www.ibexshow.com/special-events-demos/.