BoatShowGirl returned to IBEX in 2017.

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Going to IBEX this year was a little different. Last year, and the previous years, I kind of felt like I didn’t belong because I wasn’t a “professional” per se, but this year…I personally felt a little different, and accomplished a few personal goals.

So I ran into Volvo, and asked them what they planned on doing with Seven Marine. They will be keeping both brands separate, so when we got to boat shows, nothing’ll change. Which is good. There was mention of keeping up the improvement of the brand. And, I even threw in a little advice to the guy I was talking to… don’t screw up my favorite brand. Haha!

I met Dana from SureShade and I really enjoyed seeing one of my favorite products in action. They also handed out the best gift baggie which included: a mouse pad, a pen, a keychain, sunglasses rope thing, etc.

I caught up with someone I chatted with last year, but no update about the results of statements yet.

I talked to several people about what I–as BSG–want to do and one person seemed really interested in my idea and I think really truly got what I was wanting to do. I haven’t sent the follow up email yet, but I will for sure.

Anne and I got to chat for a moment outside at the IBEX opening party. This was the first time I got to stay for that, and I spent time with my friend Graham from Canada, his dad and Mike from Tampa’s very own Freedom Boat Club. It was a good time. {Needless to say, Anne’s advice on continuing to do this Boat Show Girl thing has really lit more fire under me. I need to do this, and I need to do this well.}

I’m a little bit clearer now on what I need to be doing. I would like to be a recruiter person for the marine industry schools. I think if I got a chance to help the students decide where they’d like to be, and explore their interests in the industry, it would help me personally (where I never know what direction I’m going because I like to do so many things) as well as fulfilling that earlier desire of being like a teacher but without all of the schooling.

Education is a huge part of who I am — especially the literature part. I want to know people’s stories and why they love the water so much and what brings them to it.

I definitely want to be recognized as a writer, which I have lapsed on very badly, and I do apologize for that. I am, however, taking a writing class at my theatre and it’s really helping to inspire me to write about things I fell short on passion. So it’s coming back.

I know that I want to find those couple of brands (maybe ONE or TWO unlike companies in each area) to help promote and become a brand ambassador for….

Since I am raising a hermit crab, it is really important to me for the love of all animals, especially sea animals. I would love to do something with that in honor of my baby E.

And, last but not least, I want to be someone who helps change this industry for the better and get recognized for an upcoming under 40… before it’s too late.

I know I have had many, many set backs this year. It’s been the worst year I’ve ever had, but I am most determined to never look back at that but look forward, move on, and become a better me for you — every day.

Moving forward, NO DAY BUT TODAY in the world of BoatShowGirl. 

Until next time, always ~ Karen Maeby

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